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Explore the prehistoric times of Lake Huron at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

(Photo Courtesy-Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary): Divers examine the floor of Lake Huron, collecting evidence of prehistoric life in the lake.

Alpena — Folks will get a look at prehistoric life on Thursday as John O’Shea of the University of Michigan will lead a discussion on the topic at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.

Water levels were lower 9,000 years ago, exposing dry land in parts of Lake Huron. Evidence of Caribou Hunting and homes found deep in the lake have been identified through sonar and ROV (remotely operated vehicles) technology. SCUBA divers have explored these different sites as well, collecting evidence of the subarctic Ice Age environment long ago.

“There’s science happening in the sanctuary all over,” said Maritime Archaeologist Stephanie Gandulla. “People come from the different universities throughout Michigan from around the country to different biological, geological, and archaeological research so we are really excited when we have the opportunity to bring those people in and share their research with the public. ”

The lecture begins at 7:00pm in the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center’s theater. Doors open at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call the phone number 989-884-6200.