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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, December 17, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 VANCOUVER (CP) The remains of weapons used by prehistoric man about years ago have been dis- covered in a part of British Columbia's Peace River coun- try that may be flooded by B.C. Hydro power projects. "It was a most exciting said Knut Fladmark, archeology professor at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Fladmark said he fears Hydro may not be too thrill- ed with the news of his discoveries because they warrant further long and detailed archeological studies of areas where power projects are being considered. The professor led a university team of 10 members through the Peace River country for about 10 weeks this summer, financed by a grant from Hydro. The team had two separate assignments. The first was to study the area that will be covered by a reservoir when Hydro's Site One project, 14 miles downstream from the W. A. C. Bennett Dam on the Peace River is completed. Preliminary work on this development has already started. The other was to study the lower Peace, which would be affected by Hydro's Site E and C projects. Both projects include dams and reservoirs and are under study by Hydro. Site E is on the Peace, one mile upstream from the Al- berta border, and Site C is 43 miles upstream from Site E. In the Site One area Dr Fladmark and his team found little of archeological interest. "It is historically recorded that Indians went through there but they were very mobile and didn't leave anything behind said the professor. In Sites E and C however, the team found more than 250 sites showing evidence of human activity. "The time span covered by the things we found was about years because they included settlers' cabins and clovis points." The artifacts known as clovis projectile the prehistoric find that most excited Mr Fladmark. The points, which resemble arrowheads, were attached to the end of dart-like spears. They were used long before the bow and arrow and could bring down enormous animals such as mastodons, mammoths and bison. The professor said discovery of projectile points is further evidence of the existence of an ice-free corridor along the eastern flanks of the Rockies down which early man migrated from Alaska and the Yukon to the central parts of the continent. "There is a great archeological argument about this extent and when it was he said. Mr. Fladmark said the significance of his team's find- ings this summer is so great that he will recommend to Hydro that further research work be done in the area. "Even if dams are proposed and accepted for Sites E and C it would probably be five to 10 years before there are any changes in the land there So hopefully that would give us enough time to find out what is there before the land goes under water." In addition to his prehistoric discoveries, Prof. Flad- mark and his team spent some time searching for the site of fur-trading post on the B.C. mainland. The Northwest Co. post, called Old Rocky Mountain House, was occupied from 1798 to 1806. Prof. Fladmark said he hopes that with further study of pertinent documents during the winter the site may be pinned down. The team did discover a fort at the mouth of the Beaton River that was occupied from 1806 to 1810. Prof. Flad- mark said he had no time to do any digging at the site but noted that it had been completely undisturbed since the people left "It's amazing to think that the people who lived there were worried about Napoleon's exploits in Europe PROF KNUT FLADMARK DISPLAYS BISON HORNS ;