While clearing the way for a salmon-conservation project in Redmond, Washington, archaeologists stumbled upon a 10,000-year old site.
This surprising and unexpected discovery unearthed clues of life and human history in Washington state in a region that is typically poorly peppered with such exciting findings.
Human history dating to 10,000 years ago was unearthed as a result of a salmon-conservation project. As the Washington State Department of Transportation is getting ready to build a majestic new floating bridge over Lake Washington, another project is under way to offset some of the environmental costs.
Usually, conservation projects aren’t quite the State Department of Transportation’s cup of tea. Yet, investing 11 million dollars in a project to restore about 16 acres of salmon habitat pinpointed in the creek close to the Redmond Town Center Mall yielded much more.
Archaeologists present at the site marvelled at new evidence that ancient humans had inhabited this site on the territory of Washington. 10,0000-year old clues of their life highlighted a greater cultural diversity that almost nobody believed could have existed in the area.
And while industry workers are preparing the dig for the 16-acre salmon conservation site, the archeologists and scientists analyzing the findings announced that among the remains and objects found in Redmond, there is a bone fragment from a salmon. The fish that have been populating the area’s rivers ever since at least 10,000 years ago aren’t going anywhere.
Robert Kopperl, lead investigator on the project declared for the Seattle Times:
“Since finding the site was based on a salmon-restoration project, it’s kind of like coming full circle”.
The salmon bone fragment wasn’t the only discovery on site. 10,000 year-old tools revealed a way of life of this ancient community that included hunting and feeding on sheep, deer, bear, bison, and salmon. The mere existence of this settlement seems to have been built on gathering resources.
A number of tools found on the site and analyzed in the laboratory showed that they were intended for fishing, hunting, gathering food. Also here, the members of this ancient community were both making the stone tools and fixing them.
The findings were buried under a layer of peat that had formed over the settlement and all of its vestiges. Luckily so, because thank to the peat layer the artifacts were preserved in perfect condition.
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