The Great Lakes Paleolandscapes Project

[Image: Evidence of an ancient hunting site; photo by John O'Shea, courtesy of ScienceDaily].

In more archaeological news, evidence of an ancient human settlement, including "caribou-hunting structures and camps," has been found deep beneath the waters of Lake Huron: "More than 100 feet deep in Lake Huron," ScienceDaily reports, "on a wide stoney ridge that 9,000 years ago was a land bridge, University of Michigan researchers have found the first archeological evidence of human activity preserved beneath the Great Lakes."
Of course, this goes rather well with our earlier look at the so-called "Lake Michigan Stonehenge."
All told, then, it sounds like the Great Lakes need their own version of the North Sea Paleolandscapes project, an unbelievably interesting archaeological program, run by the University of Birmingham, that hopes "to rediscover Doggerland, the enigmatic country which once linked the Yorkshire coast with a stretch of Continental Europe from Denmark to Normandy but which now lies beneath the North Sea."

(Spotted via Archaeology Magazine).

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Anonymous Alex said...

Beringia's a good example of the same thing. It's the former "land-bridge" between Alaska and Kazakhstan in (surprise!) the Bering Straight.
If I were engaging my BLDGBLOG-esque speculative imagination, I'd construct a world in which all these low-lying steppe-cultures had extremely advanced civilizations during the last ice-age, much like the Trypillian culture that developed later in Ukraine. These people might have thought that anyone living up in the higher altitudes (ie. us) were barbaric mountain-men. And they would have left their Edenic steppes sadly, as the warm-age began and the rising waters slowly reclaimed their monuments.

June 11, 2009 3:37 PM  

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