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Old Innu campsite at Kamestastin 5790 years old
Posted 29 February 2008, 8:17 am NST
We received the following e-mail from Stephen Loring on February 22, 2008

"This just to let you know that I received the radiocarbon date from the tiny bits of charcoal that Tony spent days carefully collecting from the site of Tshumushumapeu –the old caribou-crossing place at Kamestastin. My guess was only off ten years! The radiocarbon date came back 5790+40 B.P. (BP means "years before the present", the "present" according to the scientists is 1950). This is, I am pretty sure, the oldest dated site in the interior of Labrador. (It is almost 800 years older than the only other early site dated thus far at Neskuteu (HdDe-5) overlooking Indian House Lake where an assemblage of broken bifaces and flake tools found at an old tent-ring were dated to 5000+95. We have older sites at Kamestastin, some we thing are almost 7000 years old but so far none of these early camping places have produced fire-places where we could find old charcoal to send off for radiocarbon dating. So Tony's very careful digging and the work of his Tshikapisk colleagues in uncovering several ground-slate knives and broken chipped stone knives has proved very very important in revealing the duration of Innu land tenure in Nitassinan."
 
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