Do We Have a Great Lakes Stonehenge?

In 2007, Mark Holley, a professor of underwater archaeology at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, 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.rock1

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

In a report by Holley and Brian Abbott to document the expedition, we learn that the archaeologists had been hired to survey a series of ship wreaks using sector scan sonar.

The boulder with the markings is 3.5 to 4 feet high and about 5 feet long. Photos show a surface with numerous fissures. Some may be natural while others appear of human origin, but those forming what could be the petroglyph stood out, Holley said.

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Mark Holley explains what he thinks is an ancient carving of a mastodon carved into a rock recently found in 40 feet of water in Grand Traverse Bay. The red lines follow etchings made in the rock, he said.

Viewed together, they suggest the outlines of a mastodon-like back, hump, head, trunk, tusk, triangular shaped ear and parts of legs, he said.

While there is obviously some doubt as to whether or not that really is a mastodon carved on a rock – let alone if it really was human activity that arranged some of the rocks into a Stonehenge-like circle – it’s worth pointing out that Michigan does already have petroglyph sites and even standing stones.

Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park is a state park in Michigan containing Michigan’s only known rock carvings attributable to Native American Indians. The park consists of 240 acres in Greenleaf Township, Sanilac County, in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

The carvings, known as petroglyphs, were discovered by residents after a fire swept through the Upper Thumb of Michigan area in 1881 and revealed rocks bearing the designs. Because they are made in relatively friable sandstone, geologists have been able to determine that the carvings were made 300 to 1,000 years ago, dating back to the Late Woodland Period.

Thanksgiving Thumb Throwback – Frank Murphy

murphyFrank Murphy, the thirty-fifth governor of Michigan, was born in Harbor Beach, Michigan on April 13, 1890. His education was attained at the University of Michigan, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1912, and his law degree in 1914. He later attended graduate classes at Trinity College in Dublin and at Lincoln’s Inn in London.

Murphy saw action in both World Wars, serving as a first lieutenant and later rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. After his military service, he secured an appointment as first assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, a position he held from 1919 to 1920. He also served as judge of the Recorder’s Court from 1923 to 1930, was mayor of Detroit from 1930 to 1933, served as governor-general of the Philippine Islands from 1933 to 1934, and was the U.S. First High Commissioner to the Philippines from 1935 to 1936.

Murphy next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, murphy3and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 3, 1936. During his tenure, an unemployment compensation system was instituted; a sit down strike in Flint and an industrial plant strike were both dealt with; and mental health programs were improved. After running unsuccessfully for reelection, Murphy left office on January 1, 1939.

He continued to stay politically active, serving as the U.S. attorney general, a position he held from 1939 to 1940. He also served as an murphy2associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1940 to 1949. Governor Frank Murphy passed away on July 19, 1949, and was buried in Our Lady of Lake Huron Cemetery in Harbor Beach, Michigan.

Canada Feds “OK” Proposed Nuclear Waste Site near Lake Huron

Early this summer, Ontario Power cleared another milestone to create a nuclear waste site less than a mile away from Lake Huron. A federal panel has given an overall seal of approval to the controversial nuclear waste disposal site proposed for a subterranean crypt below the Bruce nuclear station near Kincardine, Ontario.

The report on the controversial project was release last Wednesday. Overall 152 communities came out against the project. All of the  Thumb and Southeast  Michigan counties voiced opposition to the construction of the Deep Geologic Repository, which would see nuclear waste buried hundreds of meters underground near the shore of Lake Huron.

Ontario Power proposes to bury 200,000 cubic meters of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste from its nuclear power plants in a thick layer of limestone 680 meters below ground, about a kilometer from Lake Huron. The company says the rock is so solid and stable it will contain any possible leakage of harmful radioactivity.

Construction could start in 2018, with the $1-billion facility opening in 2025.resolution dots

Beverly Fernandez, of Stop the Stop Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, noted that she was “deeply disappointed” by its recommendations. Her site points out; the radioactive nuclear waste must stay isolated in this dump for 100,000 years. The Great Lakes were created by an ice age about 12,000 years ago.

Under the new government, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq was to rule on a proposed nuclear waste site by September, after a federal review panel recommended approval. But it is highly divisive among communities affected, so Aglukkaq merely put the decision off until December, after the vote.

Credits to Toronto Star for content and media

Famous Tuskegee Red Tail is discovered in Lake Huron.

“I embarked on a mission of a lifetime,” said Denson, a graduate of Howard University. “One that would touch our hearts and souls.”

Early last summer, Denson and six other underwater explorers made history by conducting a five-day archeological survey of a Bell P-39Q Airacobra fighter plane piloted by 2nd Lt. Frank Moody, a 22-year-old Tuskegee Airman from Los Angeles. After crashing his plane on April 11, 1944, his body washed ashore in Port Huron, Michigan, a few months later.

“We are not allowed to disturb or recover artifacts without permits,” he said. “I am making a recommendation to recover some selected artifacts, but not the entire aircraft.” Lusardi said that it would be expensive to remove the complete airplane.

The team that worked with Lusardi also included members from the Diving With a Purpose (DWP) Maritime Archaeology Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The DWP program consists mainly of members from the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS). The program started as a partnership with the National Park Service to help document historic shipwrecks in Florida’s Biscayne National Park and to teach divers the basic techniques of underwater archeology.

“These pilots were scholars with degrees from some of our country’s finest colleges and universities,” she said. “They were only limited, in some instances, by their color. But they were strong and courageous. I left Lake Huron with a commitment to help tell their story — who they were and what they did from our perspective. We must tell our own history.”

When the five-day mission ended, Denson brought a wreath aboard the dive boat and asked his fellow scuba divers to say a few words to commemorate the Tuskegee Airmen.

Quotes credited to the  West side Gazette .


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