Buried in Beads 4,000 Years Ago, This Chiefly Family Lives Again
Museums in Canada unveil high-tech facial reconstructions that breathe new life into very old bones.
At a remote site overlooking the Salish Sea in British Columbia, archaeologists made the discovery of a lifetime in 2010. While digging an ancient shell midden, researchers from the University of Toronto and the local shíshálh Nation were astonished to find the grave of an ancient chief laid to rest nearly 3,700 years ago in a ceremonial bead garment weighing more than 70 pounds. Nearby lay several members of his wealthy family.
“These are some of the most elaborate burials in North America before European contact,” notes Terence Clark, an archaeologist at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon who directed the project.
On July 1st, the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, two Canadian museums are giving the public a first glimpse