Thursday, June 24, 2010

Canadian Burial Site Dates Back 4,600 Years

Site of the newly discovered burial along the Bug River.

A 4,600-year-old burial has been discovered in a remote corner of northern Canada. Native American fishermen recently spotted the burial site as water levels fell along the mouth of the Bug River, near Big Trout Lake, Ontario.

The skeleton discovered is that of a man aged in his late 30s or 40s. Around five-and-a-half feet tall, the man had a “very, very robust muscular build,” according to Prof Scott Hamilton, leader of an archaeological team from Lakehead University working the site.

The man may have held high status, based on the seemingly formal burial. “There's a flat slab of granite that's associated directly with the bones,” Hamilton adds. “It looks very much like a purposeful grave. We'll be taking a closer look at the stone as part of our analysis to see if we can find any evidence of function.”

Isotope testing has so far shown that the man ate a fish-based diet, with some hunted land mammals such as reindeer, indicating a nomadic lifestyle.

Click here for the complete article from Britain’s Independent.

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