2200-year-old stone tools discovered in Newfoundland

Archaeologists conducting salvage excavations at a site on the Exploits River in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, discovered artefacts, including stone tools used 2200 years ago by Groswater Paleoeskimos.

Excavations at the site (by Chris Ensing via CBC News)

The salvage excavations were conducted at a site that may have been destroyed by the river. Archaeologists discovered potentially 21 archaeological features at the site, the latest indicates that there might have been a fire pit existing here in the past. First radio carbon date from the interior for a Groswater site dated the artefacts to 2200 years in the past. The Exploits River was one of the main highways for three, maybe four different types of Indigenous cultures.

2200-year-old stone tools (by Chris Ensing via CBC News)

There is a number of sites along the river, which are affected by erosion. Experts state that within a year the artefacts might be be strewn further along the beach and there is a good chance that the archaeological matter in situ would be destroyed.

Archaeological fieldwork at the site (by Chris Ensing via CBC News)

(after CBC News & Chris Ensing)

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