A construction site near Seattle has unearthed tools estimated to be 10,000 years old.
According to The Seattle Times, a shopping mall construction site near Seattle has unearthed a number of ancient tools, estimated to be at least 10,000 years old. Allyson Brooks, a Washington State Historic Preservation Officer reported that “We knew right away that it was a pretty significant find.”
Archaeologist Robert Kopperl, who led the field investigation on these tools, published a report earlier this year in the journal PaleoAmerica. He and his team discovered ancient tools and fragments under the site. These 10000 years tools enlighten scientists and archaeologists about the way humans lived and coexisted with bison and mammoths in that age and date.
Kopperl reported that , “We were pretty amazed. This is the oldest archaeological site in the Puget Sound lowland with stone tools.” Apart from this one, only a few other archaeological sites dating back 10,000 years or more have been detected in the region.
Kopperl spoke further about the knowledge gained about ancient peoples, saying, “They could use [this area] as a centralized location to go out and fish and hunt and gather and make stone tools.” He added, “This was a very good place to have a camp.”
He further explained that this site was probably inhabited by a group of people who made and repaired stone tools, claiming that “the artifacts predate the peat and were not disturbed so the radiocarbon analysis done on charcoal fragments found with the tools revealed the true age of the tools. It’s hard to find this kind of site west of the Cascades, because it’s so heavily vegetated and the Puget Lobe of the big ice sheet really affected the landscape.”
A chemical analysis of these tools revealed the presence of food traces, including bison, deer, bear, sheep and salmon