B.F.I. agents at the Royal Columbian Museum of Natural History have spent months examining thousands of items, some of which date back to the 19th century.
A team from the B.E.F., an organization of geologists and archaeologists, spent the past two months studying hundreds of artifacts from the museum and found hundreds of tools.
The B.L.S.G.M.S., which specializes in tools for oil and natural gas extraction, said it had found more than a thousand different types of tools, from drilling rigs to pickaxes and flint blades, among others.
The group also discovered a few items dating back to 1670, the year the first oil wells were drilled in Canada.
“This is an incredibly important step in our exploration of the history of the exploration of British Columbia, as well as the history and culture of the people who lived in the area at that time,” said B.S.-L.G.-M.M.-S.M., B.B.F.-F.
S-L.C.-B.C.’s director of public affairs.
The team said they found more objects with names that are now in the National Archives, including a nameplate from an 18th century pottery set, a piece of a drill-like tool that used a metal shaft, a wooden pickaxe, a shovel and a small stone axe, among other items.
The Royal Columbians Museum of Nature and Science, which has the world’s largest collection of prehistoric artifacts, said the discovery shows the importance of having access to archaeological sites and other cultural resources.
The team says they will continue to use technology, including satellite images, to help the B and B.P.I., the RCMP and other government agencies better understand the history, culture and economics of the region.
More to come.