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U-M Divers Retrieve Prehistoric Wood from Lake Huron

Posted: December 13, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Under the cold clear waters of Lake Huron, University of Michigan researchers have found a five-and-a-half foot-long, pole-shaped piece of wood that is 8,900 years old. The wood, which is tapered and beveled on one side in a way that looks deliberate, may provide important clues to a mysterious period in North American prehistory.

"This was the stage when humans gradually shifted from hunting large mammals like mastodon and caribou to fishing, gathering and agriculture," said anthropologist John O'Shea. "But because most of the places in this area that prehistoric people lived are now under water, we don't have good evidence of this important shift itself– just clues from before and after the change.

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Annarbor.com article

U-M Divers Retrieve Prehistoric Wood from Lake Huron

AOSS Prof. Guy Meadows helped retrieve an 8,900 year old pole from Lake Huron. The tapered and beveled log may provide important information to a "mysterious" period in North American prehistory. Read full story.

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