Mantle Site is the ‘Old New York City’ of Canada
The Mantle site was the biggest occupied village during the time of 1500 to 1530 A.D. It is estimated that approximately 1,500 to 2,000 Wendat people occupied this site settled along the shore of Lake Ontario, Canada.
Scientists began excavating the site in 2003 and have since discovered three rows of palisades, 98 longhouses, more than 200,000 artifacts, and artistic objects showing unique depictions of animals and human faces.
This village consumes an area the size of Manhattan; therefore, scientists are referring to the site as the ‘Old New York City’ of Canada.
According to The Huffington Post Canada, a scholarly book detailing the discoveries is being prepared and a documentary about the site called “Curse of the Axe” aired this week on the History Channel in Canada.
“This is an Indiana Jones moment, this is huge,” said Ron Williamson, an archaeologist who led dig efforts at the site, in the documentary shown in a premiere at the Royal Ontario Museum. “It just seems to be a game-changer in every way.”
Currently, only a small sector of the Mantle site stands due to the lack of preservation at the time of excavations. A town was built of majority of the site, which opened the Wendat Village Public School, where the Huron Wendat flag will remain on display.
“It’s the largest, most complex, cosmopolitan village of its time,” said Williamson, also of the University of Toronto, in an interview with LiveScience. “All of the archaeologists, basically, when they see Mantle, they’re just utterly stunned.”
Nearly 100 longhouses, 200,000 artifacts, and art showing human faces and animal depictions were reportedly excavated at the site.