"Skytte" carved bowl
Between 5,500 and 1,500 years ago, the early peoples in the Fraser Valley carved stone sculptures, the most interesting being the seated human figure bowls found only along the Fraser River and on southern Vancouver Island. This bowl was found about 1920 by Arvo F. Skytte in a situation suggesting great age on his land a mile southwest of Webster’s Corner near Haney, B.C., about two and a half miles north of the Fraser River. He found the bowl while clearing land, about five feet down under the roots of a Douglas fir tree which was about six feet in diameter.
Archaeologists have determined from the material evidence that the earliest peoples lived in south-western British Columbia between 11,000 and 5,500 years ago. By 8,000 years ago, the Fraser Valley was inhabited by nomadic peoples who subsisted by hunting, fishing, and gathering. From 5,500 to 1,500 years ago the population increased, and as methods for harvesting and preserving food were developed, permanent winter villages were established. Primary economic activity shifted from hunting to fishing.
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