6,000-Year-Old Arrowhead Found in British Columbia

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Lake Williams is a city located in the central region of British Columbia, Canada, known as Cariboo. Many ancient projectiles have been uncovered from massive soil piles in the area thanks to a landslide in the last year, but this particular find may be the oldest to date.

The Sugar Cane Archaeology project created a screen sifter to dig through the runoff piles for artifacts dating back to First Nations villages. Among their discoveries is an arrowhead they believe to be dated back to the Nesikep period, some 6,000 years ago. 

The area has already claimed around 3,000 artifacts between 2016-2019, and this latest arrowhead is believed to have been used as a projectile hunting weapon for small birds and mammals. Archaeologist Whitney Spearing explained that finding a Nesikep artifact is like "finding a needle in a haystack. To my knowledge there is no other early Nesikep site in the Williams Lake area.” The Nesikep period is associate with their unique use of micro-blading and top-notched projectiles.

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