Rudy and Jacob travel to Tobermory, Ontario, where they head to the middle of Lake Huron for their first underwater archaeological expedition. While Rudy controls a sonar-equipped R.O.V. from on deck, Jacob joins a team of scuba divers to search for evidence of ancient drive lanes used to hunt caribou. Esteemed storyteller Lenore Keeshing helps put the science in context by sharing Ojibwe oral tradition.
Exploring the Deep
Unmanned, remote operated vehicles (R.O.V.s) allow us to dive deeper, longer and carry instrumentation not otherwise possible. We can accurately measure depth and distances, reach pressures that would be dangerous for a diver and take samples that are otherwise inaccessible. On this episode of Wild Archaeology, the sediment at the bottom of Lake Huron reveals something surprising.
“Listening to Lenore’s GeoMythology was really uplifting. She has linked her people’s history with all the research that has been going on for decades.”
– Dr. Rudy Reimer
The Tiniest of Fragments
Microdebitage consists of tiny flakes of stone, usually resulting from someone making a tool or weapon. Tiny flakes break off during the shaping of a spear point or stone tool, leaving traces for scientists to find later. Amazingly, these very small samples tell a big story.
“I didn’t even know underwater archaeology existed!”
– Jacob Pratt
Waiting for Lunch
Lake Huron – 10,000 B.P.