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Prehistoric Discovery In US Lake Leaves Experts In Shock And Awe

maximus otter

Recovering policeman
Aug 9, 2001
Wisconsin historians recently announced the discovery of at least 11 ancient canoes in a Badger State lake – including one boat that dates back to 2500 BC.

The canoes were found in Lake Mendota, which is located outside of Madison.

The Wisconsin Historical Society explained that two ancient canoes were found in a cache in the lake in 2021 and 2022. Since then, historians have found at least 11 other ancient canoes, along what they believe was an ancient shoreline that became submerged over time.


Not all the canoes will be removed from the lake due to their fragility.

They believe an ancient village site is located under the waters, although it has not been found yet. Divers have found stone tools in the water.

Radiocarbon dating found that the oldest canoe dates back to 2500 B.C., which would mean it was built around the time Stonehenge was constructed.

All the canoes varied in age, with the youngest one dating back to 1250 AD.

The archaeologist explained that the canoes "may have been intentionally cached in the water during the winter months, a standard practice to keep canoes safe from freezing and warping."


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