While scanning underneath the waters of Lake Michigan for shipwrecks, archeologists found something a lot more interesting than they bargained for: they discovered a boulder with a prehistoric carving of a mastodon,  as well as a series of stones arranged in a Stonehenge-like manner.

Gazing into the water

Using remote sensing techniques is common in modern archaeology – scientists routinely survey lakes and ground for hidden structures. At a depth of about 40 feet into Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay, using sonar techniques to look for shipwrecks, archeologists discovered sunken boats and cars and even a Civil War-era pier, but among all these they found this prehistoric surprise, which a trained eye can guess by looking at the sonar scans photos in this article.

“When you see it in the water, you’re tempted to say this is absolutely real,” said Mark Holley, a professor of underwater archaeology at Northwestern Michigan University College who made the discovery, during a news conference with photos of the boulder on display in 2007. “But that’s what we need the experts to come in and verify.

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.

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

“We couldn’t believe what we were looking at,” said Greg MacMaster, president of the underwater preserve council.

Specialists shown pictures of the boulder holding the mastodon markings have asked for more evidence before confirming the markings are an ancient petroglyph, said Holley.

“They want to actually see it,” he said. Unfortunately, he added, “Experts in petroglyphs generally don’t dive, so we’re running into a little bit of a stumbling block there.”

If found to be true, the wannabe petroglyph 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. The formation, if authenticated, wouldn’t be completely out of place. Stone circles and other petroglyph sites are located in the area.

The discovery was made back a few years ago, and surprisingly enough the find hasn’t been popularized at all, with little to no information available online, but I’ll be sure to update this post as soon as I can get ahold of more info. So, who’s from Michigan?

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    There seems to be another mastodon carved immediately above the one outlined.

    It is pushing it a bit to describe it as like Stonehenge.  It is a great discovery however.  Whether it has astronomical relevance would depend on whether it has an orientation towards a significant event, such as solstice or equinox sunrise.

    For an explanation of how Stonehenge functioned as a precision scientific instrument, for accurately measuring solar alignments, and also lunar standstill alignments, visit:


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    Anyone see the light in Watersmeet?  Everytime you go, you see it.  It was recently on Fact or Fiction and couldn’t be explained.  It’s been around since Indian legends.  Something to def. check out!

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    OMG! They missed the bear and the man riding the mastodon! The bear’s head is above the head of the mastodon, with one paw upon the mastodon’s head, but the man is protected and this glyph shows how ancient man depended upon the mastodon to both trample and protect when ancient man went bear hunting!! My God, they missed the entire story!! Can anyone else see the bear and the rider? Someone tell them, for Pete’s sake!

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    yes, I see the bear and the man, I believe you are right on with your analysis. Great work seeing these and bringing them to awareness for others. Thank you!

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    The real problem is that the mind can be able to see many many things in cloud formations or abstract paintings. The ? is how was it formed onto the rock. Personally i have seen the Madonna (the supposed virgin Mary) outlined on a window of a building that had been condemned, hundreds of people were there to see it in Saint Peters-berg Florida. To me it was just an abstract of natural occurrence you really had to use your imagination to see it. With that said this stone can be studied to see if the makings are man made and it should be easy to determine . By the way i see the bear the man is a little harder to see but then i can much more as well. I paint and do this type of stuff in my paintings all the time as the mind sees things the eye does not recognize or portray to the mind in a concise manner.

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    What i find more interesting is the fact of the layout of the stones themselves and the center in particular forming a triangle. This type of geometric form does not happen naturally that i know of better yet in the middle of a perfect circle much like the dollar bill with the eye on top. off the top of my head i would say a map to the stars or landing site.

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    The triangle was likely only a creation of the angle of the sonar lense. It appears to be facing in one direction rather than down. Could explain the straight lines of the ‘triangle’

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    the real problem is people who point out the real problem. Try dreaming a little and use your imagination Bruce

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    Only 40 feet under water and after 16 years nobody I know knows anything about it?
    Nobody I know does…… I live in Grand Rapids and vacation in the North country all
    summer long. WTH…………

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    It was discovered in 2007 so that would only be 8 to 9 years ago. But ya, this is the first I’ve heard of it also. Although I have heard of pyramids being discovered under water in a lake in Wisconsin.

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    I see spungebob in the back ground. I think he’s riding a UFO shaped like Liza Minelli’s arm pit.

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