Underwater images from a Lake Michigan Stonehenge

January 13, 2009

If you’ve ever wondered what the most popular post on Michigan in Pictures was, you’ve arrived. Over 100,000 people followed a Reddit post here to learn about an underwater discovery.

September 29, 2011 Welcome everyone from Reddit. We don’t have any update to this story right now but I’ve emailed Mark and will post any update. You might enjoy some of our Weird Michigan features from Absolute Michigan too!

Lake Michigan Stones

Lake Michigan Stones, photo via bldgblog.

In Stonehenge Beneath the Waters of Lake Michigan, Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG writes:

In a surprisingly under-reported story from 2007, Mark Holley, a professor of underwater archaeology at Northwestern Michigan University, discovered a series of stones – some of them arranged in a circle and one of which seemed to show carvings of a mastodon – 40-feet beneath the surface waters of Lake Michigan. If verified, the carvings could be as much as 10,000 years old – coincident with the post-Ice Age presence of both humans and mastodons in the upper midwest.

Regarding the slightly repurposed “sector scan sonar” device that Northwestern Michigan University College professor and underwater archaeologist Dr. Mark Holley & Brian Abbott were using to survey some old wrecks when they made their discovery, Geoff writes:

The circular images this thing produces are unreal; like some strange new art-historical branch of landscape representation, they form cryptic dioramas of long-lost wreckage on the lakebed. Shipwrecks (like the Tramp, which went down in 1974); a “junk pile” of old boats and cars; a Civil War-era pier; and even an old buggy are just some of the topographic features the divers discovered.

You’ll definitely want to click through to read the rest and see more pictures!

You can read a detailed feature about this in U.S. archeologists find possible mastodon carving on Lake Michigan rock at NowPublic and listen to some radio reports from the time of the discovery in August of 2007 that include an interview with Dr. Holley and another with Grand Traverse Bay Ottawa Indian tribal member and historian John Bailey in Mammoth discovery beneath Grand Traverse Bay? on Absolute Michigan.

17 Responses to “Underwater images from a Lake Michigan Stonehenge”

  1. organicsyes Says:

    How cool is that!!!


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  4. Cathi Johnson Says:

    Love your site.

  5. anil507 Says:

    Until you remove the imaging artifacts. After that it’s just a line of rocks.

    http://goo.gl/n2F3o

  6. anniewhitman Says:

    This is really fascinating. It begs the question, how many artifacts have been covered by water or the moving continents.

  7. crowdsourced Says:

    Cool story. But it’s Northwestern Michigan College. Northern Michigan University is a separate institution.


  8. Meh. Just a bunch of rocks.

  9. Suntree Says:

    That is just awsome, i would love to see an ROV take some up close pictures of the arrangement! or have divers go down, that would be vary cool!
    Thanks for the good article! Tyler
    2011

  10. Cari Noga Says:

    Mark and his colleagues were exploring a newly-discovered shipwreck in Grand Traverse Bay this summer: The B West sank in 1957 off Northport but its location was unknown until NMC Water Studies students found it while doing hydrographic surveys. See the video here:


  11. that’s awesome! i live by lake eerie, i wonder if there’s anything like that here…

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