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A Journey to a New Land

Bear and boat
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Namu is situated on British Columbia's Central Coast, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

The archaeological record at Namu reveals a sequence of almost continuous, seasonal use for nearly 10,000 years. A total of 41 radiocarbon dates spanning the period from 9,720 – 480 years BP have been obtained from the Namu site, making it the earliest radiocarbon dated site on the British Columbia coast.

Artifacts from the earliest occupation (10,000 – 9,000 BP) include 32 flaked stone tools such as bifacial points and knives, choppers and scrapers. A small number of ground and pecked stone tools were also present, but no microblades or bone tools were found. This assemblage appears to belong to the Pebble Tool Tradition, a cultural complex found at early sites on the Northwest Coast.

Further Reading:

Carlson, R.L.
1995 Early Namu. In Early Human Occupation in British Columbia, Roy L. Carlson and Luke Dalla Bona (eds.). UBC Press, University of British Columbia. Pp. 83 - 102.

Dr. Roy Carlson

Dr. Roy Carlson
Department of Archaeology
Simon Fraser University