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Welcome to Great Lakes Archaeology at the University of Michigan!

Our mission is to explore the  cultural landscape of the Great Lakes region and the complex history of Lake Huron – from prehistoric hunter-gatherers that lived in the area 9,000 years ago to early 20th century shipwrecks.

Hunting Caribou Hunters Beneath Lake Huron
Nine thousand years ago, a dry land corridor connected northern Lower Michigan with Southern Ontario. This corridor provided a natural causeway from the semi-annual migration of caribou and an equally valuable terrain for Late Paleoindian and Early Archaic hunters seeking to exploit the herds. Using survey techniques including side-scan sonar, multibeam sonar, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and remote operated vehicles (ROVs) – an international team of researchers led by the University of Michigan is searching for traces of ancient hunters beneath Lake Huron.

Ships And Shipwrecks of Western Lake Huron
Archaeological survey on the western shore of Lake Huron chronicles the lost vessels and the cause of their wrecking and considers how the shore itself has changed over the last 150 years and how these changes may affect where historic shipwrecks will be found.