Interlochen Public Radio’s Tom Kramer has a fascinating interview with underwater archaeologist Dr. Mark Holley. While surveying shipwrecks, Holley may have stumbled upon one of the most significant finds in recent Michigan memory – a discovery that could shed light on a time period known as “the black hole of Michigan archaeology”. On one rock in a circular pattern of rocks on the bay’s floor, he found an etching that appears to be a mastodon with a spear in it.
Listen to Rare Find in GT Bay from IPR News Radio because it’s really, really cool. IPR has an update to the story with John Bailey of the Grand River Band of Ottawa Indians who thinks that the ancient rock carving in Grand Traverse Bay could bolster his view of the span that Native Americans have been living in the Great Lakes.
By the way, Dr. Holley was surveying shipwrecks for the Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve, and you can check that link to learn more about that organization and their efforts.