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Ancient caribou hunters were also apparently great architects.
A 9,000-year-old underwater hunting site discovered by scientists at the Alpena-Amberley Ridge beneath modern Lake Huron shows an elaborate arrangement of limestone rocks and artifacts used for hunting caribou. Back then, the ridge was a piece of dry land that connected northeast Michigan to southern Ontario.
The submerged site consists of a stone lane where limestones are arranged on either side, running parallel to each other. The lane is funnel-shaped that's broad in the beginning before narrowing down.
The stones are arranged in a line, exploiting caribou's strange fascination with linear landscape, says John O'Shea, the Emerson F. Greenman Professor of Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan and lead author of the study. The lane, dubbed "Drop 45 Drive Lane," has a dead-end, where most of the animals were hunted down. The stones alongside the lane were used for concealment.
In addition, outside the lane, three circular hunting blinds were built to further conceal the hunters and approach the animals.
Researchers based at the University of Michigan think the roughly 9,000-year-old-structure helped natives corral caribou herds migrating across what was then an exposed land-corridor — the so-called Alpena-Amberley Ridge — connecting northeast Michigan to southern Ontario. The area is now covered by 120 feet (347 meters) of water, but at the time, was exposed due to dry conditions of the last ice age.
originally posted by: Aleister
a reply to: snarky412
I'd love to see a herd of caribou on the shores of Lake Huron.....or herds of buffalo roaming America's plains, or a pack of wolves playing in the prairies of the Midwest (wait, what prairies of the Midwest?)....as the song goes, "we don't know what we've got to it's gone" (and even then, most people never even knew they were there).
Good find about a sad human trait - if it moves, eat it!