Archeologists have made a mysterious underwater discovery off Queen Charlotte Island in Canada.
And this submarine archeological find near Haida Gwaii could rewrite human history. Well at least the North American human history!
The sonar images acquired by scientists from the ocean floor off Haida Gwaii show a cluster of rocks and unnatural rectangular shapes. Not dramatic!
But scientists are baffled by lines of rocks at up to 122 metres underwater. They are at least 13,700 years old, which would make it the oldest fishing weir discovered in the world. And the rectangles marked deep on the sea floor in Juan Perez Sound are most probably the sites of ancient camps of the same age. But it’s a mystery how everything got there!
The area the archeologists are searching is submerged now, but thousands of years ago it was lush, rolling landscape above sea level that would have provided a migration corridor for both game animals, and the first peoples who came from Asia over the Bering land bridge.
If the authenticity of the sites is confirmed, it would be the earliest evidence of human habitation in Canada and the find would shed new light on where and when the first people came to the Americas.