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Ancient 'New York City' of Canada Discovered

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#1    Child of Bast

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:45 PM

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Today New York City is the Big Apple of the Northeast but 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.

Now, a scholarly book detailing the discoveries is being prepared and a documentary about the site called "Curse of the Axe" aired this week on the History Channel in Canada.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:29 PM

Nice post i like hearing about human endevour.

Thanks for the read!

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:35 PM

i love looking at the pictures of artifacts. kinda neat to see into the past that way. they sure smoked a lot tho lol

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 10:06 AM

Old York City?


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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:13 AM

Middle-Aged York City could be possible :D


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Posted 12 July 2012 - 08:24 AM

View Postcsspwns, on 12 July 2012 - 01:13 AM, said:

Middle-Aged York City could be possible :D


Lol, what about 'Mid-Life Crisis' York City?

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 06:08 PM

I read an article about this elsewhere. Nice find.


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Posted 19 July 2012 - 02:04 PM

"It was here that the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandfather of Justin Bieber first stepped foot on American soil." hahah.


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Posted 23 July 2012 - 08:06 PM

Too bad they built that town over it.

Thanks for posting this story, interesting.






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