[USA TODAY]: Deep below the surface of Lake Huron, researchers have found an elaborate network of hunting blinds and animal-herding structures dating back roughly 9,000 years: (Photo via Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan)
The discovery of the ancient Native American Hunting grounds beneath Lake Huron is believed to be nearly 9000 years old.
To put the gravity of the discovery into perspective, the site is from the Neolithic period, nearly six thousand years before humans invented writing, and only 1000 years after homo-sapiens began practicing agriculture anywhere in the world.
The site beneath Lake Huron is nearly 7,500 years older than the 50 mummies unearthed in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings that had archaeologists enthralled. This discovery is a time-capsule from an age thousands of years before the historical period we tend to think of when we consider early Native American history.
These ancient people hunted the region hundreds of generations before the Native American tribes like the Chippewa and Ottawa settled the region. What’s even more amazing is that, archaeologist Alan Osborn, of the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Nebraska State Museum, said that underwater archaeology equipment and divers are “revealing a site that’s in pretty much pristine condition.”
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