The Unexplained: Mysteries Beneath The Great Lakes


Beneath the waters of beautiful Lake Michigan lie secrets and mysteries that are centuries old. Photo: Pure Michigan

Archeologists found a large arrangement of vertical stones similar to Stonehenge and built by human engineering thousands of years ago..

Underwater archaeologists found a bonus while combing over the floor of Lake Michigan on a quest for shipwrecks.

They found a large rock made of hard granite that had the image of a mastadon carved on it.  The carver would have needed a tool harder than the granite, to be able to carve into it.  Where could he have gotten such a sharp instrument?  The carving is believed to have been made 9,000 years ago.

Finding the wonderful carving was part of another bonus.  The archeologists found a large arrangement built of vertical stones by human beings.

These creations are at an underwater depth of 12 meters.

We know early humans have been in this area as far back as 25,000 years.

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Since these remarkable finds are all under water, we must assume that some of the bottom of Lake Michigan was once dry land, and it was.

When the stone creations were made, with human engineering, glaciers extended down a ways from the North Pole.  The liquid water level of the great lakes was three-hundred feet lower than it is now, before the ice melted, so much of the land was exposed.

When archaeologist, Dr. Mark Holley had a press conference in 2007, about his underwater discoveries, the excited media first called the rock structure a miniature Stonehenge.

They may have gotten some things wrong.  It happens!  The stone structure is not nearly that expansive and It is arranged in a “V,” not a circle.  There is no henge to it.

Dr. Holley is an underwater archaeologist with degrees from the University of Michigan and the University if Edinburgh.  He has worked on field projects for several prominent colleges and universities.

The discovery of the underwater creations is still remarkable and they were made for some distinct purpose.

The structrue is in what is now the Grand Traverse Bay area of the lake.  Part of the arrangement is a line of stones over a mile in length.

Dr. John O’Shea from the University of Michigan has been studying similar structures underneath the water of Lake Huron.  The Lake Huron creations cover more area and are basically related to early hunting.

The exposed land that is now under the lake was teeming with wildlife which drew humans hunting food.  Caribou was a big attraction–they migrated through the area.

There are many unexplained mysteries that will remain unexplained until there is more funding for study and exploration.

For example, mastodons died out more than 10,000 years ago.  The rock formations and rock carving are thought to have been created 9,000 years ago.  Where did the carver see a mastadon?  Had he heard tales and seen drawings others had made?

What was the purpose of the stone arrangement?  Was it similar to the still-vague purpose of Stonehenge and other stone monuments?  Was it a device meant to corral Caribou?  What other purpose could there be for such structures?

The surrounding area has several petroglyphs sites, but they are thousands of years younger than the underwater mysteries of Lake Michigan.

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