Fire pit found intact on what may have been beach along a shoreline
CBC News, Posted: Jun 23, 2016
Archaeologists say a campsite unearthed just metres from a new highway in Fredericton could be more than 12,000 years old.
The campsite includes a fire pit, which was determined by the presence of charcoal.
“It’s very, very rare to find a campfire from 12,000 years ago, intact like this,” said Brent Suttie, the provincial archaeologist, who is leading a team of 22 technicians on site.
First Nation artifacts discovered, divert highway
Artifacts including stone tool fragments and arrowheads that would have been attached to rods to make spears have been found at the site. No ceremonial objects were found at the site.
The campsite is located just metres from the shoulder of a stretch of Route 8.
Suttie estimated the site to be between 11,600 and 12,200 years old.
Ice from the ice Age age would have still covered parts of the province at the time.
The site appears to be located on what would have been a beach on a shoreline, which was determined by using predictive measures.
The Nashwaak River is more than one kilometre from the site today.
Transportation Minister Bill Fraser called the site “significant.”
With files from Shane Fowler