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Updated June 2, 2020

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  • Annual Awards and Lecture – Prehistoric Archaeology at 120': Investigating 9,000 Year Old Hunting Sites Beneath the Great Lakes

    Thursday, November 07, 2019
    Social 6:30 pm, Awards 7 pm, Lecture 7:30 pm at UWL Student Union, room 3310

    John O'SheaUnderwater ArchaeologyAt the end of the last Ice Age, the newly formed Great Lakes oscillated between levels that were much higher and much lower than today.  During the low water stage, a feature known as the Alpena-Amberley Ridge divided the Lake Huron basin and provided a continuous corridor between southern Ontario and northern Lower Michigan.  This talk will describe recent research focused on discovering and investigating hunting sites and other cultural features from this era  that are preserved beneath modern Lake Huron.  These finds provide important new insights into the lives of early Great Lakes hunters, and one that could only be recovered underwater.

    John O'Shea is the Curator of Great Lakes Archaeology at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology, and the Emerson F. Greenman Collegiate Professor of Archaeology in the university’s Department of Anthropology. 

    Link to TEDx talk by John O’Shea.