|"We were pretty amazed," said archaeologist Robert Kopperl of the finds at the site.|
Image Courtesy of SWCA Environmental Consultants and The Seattle Times.
Sandi Coughton, of The Seattle Times, has written an exciting article about the recent discovery of 10,000 year old tools in the Puget Sound Lowland of Washington State. The site was originally found through an environmental impact study for Highway 520. After the artifacts' analysis the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe will be in charge of their curation.
"By the time excavations were done, crews had unearthed more than 4,000 stone flakes, scrapers, awls and spear points crafted at least 10,000 years ago by some of the region’s earliest inhabitants.
“We were pretty amazed,” said archaeologist Robert Kopperl, who led the field investigation. “This is the oldest archaeological site in the Puget Sound lowland with stone tools.” "
For more information,
- The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
- The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe
- The Bear Creek Site (45KI839), a Late Pleistocene-Holocene Transition Occupation in the Puget Sound Lowland, King County, Washington (PDF available)
- Robert E. Kopperl, Amanda K. Taylor, Christian J. Miss, Kenneth M. Ames, and Charles M. Hodges. PaleoAmerica. 2015.
- Archaeological Anthropology Commons, Portland State University Library
- US dig uncovers 10,000-year-old stone tools
- Phys.org, September 13, 2015.
- Center for the Study of the First Americans
- Who were the First Americans?, Science, 2008.
- Paleoindian Period
- Virtual First Ohioans
- First Americans Used Spear Throwers to Hunt Large Animals
- February 11, 2015.
- Ancient Clovis Elephant-Hunting Camp Discovered in Mexico
- July 30, 2014.
- Genome of America's Only Clovis Skeleton Reveals Origins of Native Americans and Stirs Ethics Debate
- February, 24, 2014
- When Did People First Discover America?
- January 13, 2014.
- Clovis Points- Paleoindian Boy Scout Knives?
- September 10, 2013