Evidência de antigos caçadores abaixo dos Grandes Lagos

quarta-feira, junho 24, 2009

Evidence for early hunters beneath the Great Lakes

1. John M. O'Sheaa,1 and

2. Guy A. Meadowsb

+Author Affiliations

1. aMuseum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109; and

2. bMarine Hydrodynamics Laboratories, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

1. Edited by Bruce D. Smith, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, and approved April 15, 2009 (received for review March 13, 2009)


Scholars have hypothesized that the poorly understood and rarely encountered archaeological sites from the terminal Paleoindian and Archaic periods associated with the Lake Stanley low water stage (10,000–7,500 BP) are lost beneath the modern Great Lakes. Acoustic and video survey on the Alpena-Amberley ridge, a feature that would have been a dry land corridor crossing the Lake Huron basin during this time period, reveals the presence of a series of stone features that match, in form and location, structures used for caribou hunting in both prehistoric and ethnographic times. These results present evidence for early hunters on the Alpena-Amberley corridor, and raise the possibility that intact settlements and ancient landscapes are preserved beneath Lake Huron.

* Lake Stanley
* Paleoindian period
* underwater archaeology
* Lake Huron
* caribou


1To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: joshea@umich.edu

Author contributions: J.M.O. designed research; J.M.O. and G.A.M. performed research; J.M.O. and G.A.M. analyzed data; and J.M.O. wrote the paper.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

This article is a PNAS Direct Submission.


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