Brian Lewis visited North Delta on Tuesday and met with residents and UBC Archaeology Professor RG Matson. His story was published today:
There’s a vacant piece of property on the Fraser River’s southern bank, slightly upstream from the Alex Fraser Bridge, that looks remarkably ordinary.
However, this changes abruptly once R.G. Matson, a professor emeritus in archeology from the University of B.C., explains what’s beneath your feet.
What you are actually standing on is abundant evidence of human history that stretches back before the days of Stonehenge in the U. K or the pyramids in Egypt.
This is the Glenrose Cannery archeological site in North Delta, where since 1969 scientists have dug deep into its earth and discovered artifacts and other remains that confirm that ancient First Nations peoples were using this location as a temporary summer food-gathering place as long as 9,000 years ago.