Hunting Structure Submerged Under Lake Huron A Testament to Ancestors’ Sophistication
Autumn was the preferable hunting season for caribou, but the orientation of this hunting drive shows it would have only been effective if the animals were moving in a northwesterly direction, which the release says they would have done during spring migration from modern-day Ontario.
“It is noteworthy that V-shaped hunting blinds located upslope from Drop 45 are oriented to intercept animals moving to the southeast in the autumn,” said John O’Shea, the Emerson F. Greenman Professor of Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan and lead author of the article, in Michigan News. “This concentration of differing types of hunting structures associated with alternative seasons of migration is consistent with caribou herd movement simulation data indicating that the area was a convergence point along different migration routes, where the landform tended to compress the animals in both the spring and autumn.”
And the hunting was good. “I’m imagining seas of animals going through there,” O’Shea told CTV News London.
Not only that, but the find also suggests a cooperative hunt.
“The larger size and multiple parts of the complex drive lanes would have necessitated a larger cooperating group of individuals involved in the hunt,” O’Shea said in Michigan News. “The smaller V-shaped hunting blinds could be operated by very small family groups relying on the natural shape of the landform to channel caribou towards them.”
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