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Lake Michigan: Experts Discuss Underwater Rock Formation

The researchers were surprised to find a series of stone circles under Lake Michigan. The rocks formed what appeared to be perfect rings, yet were hidden deep beneath the Great Lake. Lake Michigan is one of five Great Lakes of America and is deeply rooted in the country’s history, sitting in the northeast spanning several states.

Some of the lake’s earliest human inhabitants were the Native Americans of Hopewell, whose culture is believed to have declined after AD 800.

Subsequently, the Amerindians of the end of the woods took up residence there.

Multiple sightings of the stones prompted researchers, making a documentary for Discovery TV in 2017, to explore the lake bed and analyze the structure using cutting-edge technology.

Compared to Stonehenge, the origin of the stones under Lake Michigan is less obvious.

Archeology: researchers were baffled by the stone circle under the lake’s water (Image: GETTY / Discovery UK)

Lake Michigan: The body of water is one of the Great Lakes of the United States

Lake Michigan: The body of water is one of the Great Lakes of the United States (Image: Google Maps)

Although they appear to form a perfect geometric shape, they are not stacked or connected in the same way.

Rob Nelson, the show’s host, said that while there is evidence that prehistoric tribes roamed the Great Lakes for thousands of years, very little is known about them.

With the other natives, the Anishinaabe are believed to be among the first Native Americans to have inhabited the area around Lake Michigan.

Some descendants of the Anishinaabeg believe they laid the stones for a sacred purpose.

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Ancient history: One of the stone formations on the lake bed

Ancient history: One of the stone formations on the lake bed (Image: Discovery UK)

What is known for sure is that about 10,500 years ago, the water level in the Lake Michigan basin dropped sharply and drained to a much lower level during at least 3,500 years.

It was not until 5,000 years ago that the water level rose and the basin filled up.

A scientist speaking during the documentary explained that the area, when dry, was once inhabited and provided the perfect living space: close to both land and water.

Mr. Nelson was granted permission to dive into the lake bed and use advanced technology called stereophotogrammetry, allowing him to create a 3D model from 2D photographs.

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Underwater: Researcher Rob Nelson dove into the lake bed to inspect the formation

Underwater: Researcher Rob Nelson dove into the lake bed to inspect the formation (Image: Discovery UK)

Mastodon: Technology allowed Nelson to describe an ancient animal on the rock face

Mastodon: Technology allowed Nelson to describe an ancient animal on the rock face (Image: Discovery UK)

By assembling a digital image of the rock for further inspection, Mr. Nelson was able to trace along the indentations that had been carved into the rocks.

Beginning to sketch the picture, Mr Nelson said, “Once you draw the lines it looks like a … it looks like a fucking Mastodon!”

He continued, “Unbelievable, a behemoth carving on a rock that has not seen the light of day for at least 5,000 years.

“It’s enormous!”

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Mastodons are an ancient ancestor of elephants and woolly mammoths, and were at one time one of the largest land animals to roam North America.

Mr. Nelson brought his findings to Dr. John O’Shea, Curator of Great Lakes Archeology at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archeology.

Analyzing the sketch and the rock formation, he said, “I can make a plausible argument that this is a hunting structure that the ancient hunters used known as a taxiway.”

The traffic lanes have been used by hunters for thousands of years to gather large groups of animals along a defined path to a killing zone, where hunters wait.

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Ancient North America: Juggernauts once roamed North America and were the region’s largest land animal (Image: GETTY)

He showed the traffic lanes in use today, some of which resemble the structure found under Lake Michigan.

Dr O’Shea said: “It’s unexpected.

“You wouldn’t necessarily know it was something.”


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