Opinion: Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre’s Curator, Alyssa Leier: How long have Indigenous people lived in Prince George?

Monday, November 22, 2021 12:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Radiocarbon dating suggests Indigenous people have occupied this territory for at least 9,000-10,600 years.  

In 1952, renowned archaeologist Charles Borden remarked that the Interior Plateau of Northern British Columbia is archaeologically one of the least known regions in North America. This remains just as true today.

Until 2012, the occupation of the Interior Plateau of Northern British Columbia, specifically that of Prince George, was thought to have only been in the last 4,000 years.

Located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation, it was in 2012 when an archaeological site of significant cultural and scientific significance was partially excavated. Scientifically dated evidence from this excavation proved occupation 5,000 years before what researchers previously thought.

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