Simple stones, taken up by stranger’s hands 10,000 years ago, unable to tell all their secrets despite being so tangible and unchanged today: the artifacts discovered by sharp eyes in the Peace Country are tantalizing links to the past.
The farmland near Eaglesham has offered up a rich collection of ancient human tools. In the course of a few decades of cultivating on his farm, Nick Poohkay turned up more than a dozen large, Paleoindian tools, including spear tips from a cache left on a knoll. They are all from one place, left by the same people – people who would have been familiar with the territory and who actually laid down the tools for safekeeping rather than perhaps losing them, one at a time, while wandering through over a period of many years.
Artifacts from the Poohkay Site are similar to Hell Gap and Western Stemmed Point tradition specimens from other regions, and to a large biface found near Sexsmith. The Poohkay site is only two kilometers north of where another important Peace Country artifact was discovered: the Donaldson fluted point. To see a picture, click here.
All of these items are fuel for the imagination. Who left the tools? Why? Where did they come from and where did they go, following the seasons and the food supply? Were they happy? Did they take pride in their toolmaking and hunting skills?
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