500 year old cosmopolitan city found in Canada

I’m a bit of an anthropology fan, so read this and thought it was pretty cool: An ‘Indiana Jones’ moment: Cosmopolitan  village dug up.

New research reveals that 500 years ago, at a time when Europeans were just beginning to visit the New World, a settlement on the north shore of Lake Ontario, in Canada, was the biggest, most complex, cosmopolitan place in the region.

Occupied between roughly A.D. 1500 and 1530, the so-called Mantle site was settled by the Wendat (Huron). Excavations at the site, between 2003 and 2005, have uncovered its 98 longhouses, a palisade of three rows (a fence made of heavy wooden stakes and used for defense) and about 200,000 artifacts. Dozens of examples of art have been unearthed showing haunting human faces and depictions of animals, with analysis ongoing.

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I’m sure all my archy friends think this is old news, but I’m still intrigued. 🙂

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