Mastodon rock carving found under Lake Michigan

Posted: November 20, 2015 by Maverick in Archaeology
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An incredible discovery has been made as researchers have found a rock carving of a Mastodon at the underwater Stonehenge of Lake Michigan.

In 2007, at a depth of twelve meters, researchers found a peculiar set of aligned stones that are believed to be over 10,000 years old.

While searching for shipwrecks, archaeologists from the Northwestern Michigan College came across something interesting at the bottom of lake Michigan. They found mysteriously aligned rocks placed there by ancient man before the area was covered with water. When the discovery was made, researchers couldn’t believe what they were seeing. It’s America’s Stonehenge.

The mysterious rock formation under Lake Michigan

The mysterious rock formation under Lake Michigan

According to researchers, the stones located at the bottom of Lake Michigan all measure the same distance across, something that wouldn’t be present if we were looking at a natural formation. The rock formation found at the bottom of Lake Michigan resembles other structures found in England and France, and even those at Nabta Playa, making it very unlikely to be a natural formation.

As if the mysterious rock formation wasn’t enough, after a diving expedition was put together to look at the stones, underwater photographer Chris Doyle found a mysterious stone with an incredible depiction: A Mastodon. This means that the carving must have been made way before the Mastodons were extinct.

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The Mastodon rock is perhaps one of the most incredible features of the underwater Stonehenge. Researchers speculate that the rock is made out of granite, a very hard material. For people to carve something onto this rock, they had to use a tool harder than granite. So the logical question is: What could ancient mankind have used 10.000 years ago to carve something onto a granite rock?

Researchers stress that the marks and lines that make out the mastodon figure were precisely carved, the lines were not just “scratched” onto the rock.

The incredible rock formation and the precisely aligned stones circles clearly indicate a man-made structure. The areas around Michigan are witness of early human presence in the American continent which is believed to date back over 25.000 years. In the distant past, the Lake itself did not exist since an Ice Age ruled over the lands and what is now located at the bottom of one of the five Great Lakes of north America, was once on dry land.

The man responsible for this underwater discovery is Mark Holley, professor of underwater archeology at the Northwestern Michigan College. In 2007, he searched for shipwrecks but found, 12 meters below the surface a series of stones arranged in a circle. Adding to this amazing discovery is a relatively large rock which has, on its surface a depiction of a mastodon, an animal that became extinct around 8000 BC.

Close up of the "Mastodon Rock"
Close up of the “Mastodon Rock”

In the region near Lake Michigan, researchers have previously discovered menhirs and petroglyphs. When the first Europeans arrived in the seventeenth century they found that Michigan had thousands of prehistoric mounds. Scholars also found “sacred stones” across the geography of the Great Lakes, stones according to the natives were placed by another race who lived there before. Statues and stone idols erected in various parts were discovered weighing over 100 kilograms.

The underwater Stonehenge of Lake Michigan must have been created before the last Ice Age, when the lake bed was dry and that is, according to researchers, over 12.000 years ago, a time that according to history, mankind couldn’t erect such elaborate constructions.

What does this tell us about history? Is this another piece of evidence that points to the fact that history books, as we know them should be re written? We believe yes.

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  1. Tom and nadine Gregg says:

    I believe less than 12000 years, more like 7000-6000. how about you? I love the carving and the discovery, would like to see the other discoveries in rock and stone my husband is from Michigan.

  2. Alexis Levine says:

    The article itself says the mastodon went extinct 8000 years ago.

  3. Hey all, not all of us are experts. Just everyday people with a most general knowledge obtaining a G.E.D., or High School Diploma. We aren’t geniuses.

  4. One thing though, we “all”, along with all of you are trying to find out exceedingly interesting old “facts” changing our history books in school from literal fact to fiction. I have always believed studying the past is our way to the future.

  5. Tori says:

    Very cool, Aaron. Very interesting. Thanks for posting that.

  6. Ysabet says:

    I’d like to know the hardness of this piece of granite; according to the standard Mohs Scale, granite (depending on the quality) runs 6 to 7, and flint generally sits at 7, which certainly makes it hard enough to engrave some granite. I love the thought of a petroglyph of a mastodon; wouldn’t surprise me at all that someone had done this, it was an everyday sight for some of our ancestors.

  7. Lydian Tone says:

    Funny, I was just looking at comments on the enhancements of the mastodon drawing and all the comments have disappeared.

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