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Ancient Hunting Blinds and Herding Structures Found at Bottom of Lake Huron

A glimpse into the past has been discovered beneath Lake Huron, where ancient hunting blinds were found.

Researchers from the University of Michigan’s Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, as well as the University of Nebraska-Omaha, have come across the remains, which experts are dating as much as 9,000 years old, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer.

The findings were revealed after a narrow ridge of land was detected when water levels were particularly low. Theories point to prehistoric civilizations using this land ridge as a trap for migrating caribou.

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Discovered was a “complicated system of submerged structures at a point where the caribou’s spring and fall migration paths would’ve crossed.”

The hunting blinds were made of stone and awaited the migrating caribou.

The area also featured an array of tools and evidence of repair and construction of hunting weapons were found as well.

A drive lane of stone walls also directed the caribou where the hunters presumably waited.

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The new discovery and further underwater exploration in the Great Lakes area will likely continue to gain even more insight on the ways ancient Americans lived, hunted and thrived.

What do you think of the discovery? Is there more to be found underneath the water?


Image via University of Michigan / Museum of Anthropological Archaeology

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Ancient Hunting Blinds and Herding Structures Found at Bottom of Lake Huron