Archaeological Excavation

Introduction to Archaeology
Rain Forest Vegetation
Buried Streams
Shell Middens
Food Cache
Dog Burial
Warrior Cache
Petroglyphs and Pictographs

Tsimshian Society and Culture

Tsimshian Villages

Archaeological Excavation

Rain Forest Vegetation

Rain Forest Vegetation - CD94-635-014 - S71-3579 In high latitudes, the rain forest vegetation of Prince Rupert harbour has reclaimed over 100 abandoned village sites. Since the vegetation is so dense, it is very difficult for archaeologists to know where to dig into the tangled mass of roots. However, where trees have been uprooted, the holes torn open by their roots sometimes reveal shells, an indication that the site was once inhabited.

The availability of fresh water was taken into account when choosing a site for a village. Houses were often built over streams. A hatch in the floor gave easy access to a supply of fresh water.