Points North: A discovery in the Straits

Oct 29, 2020

Fred Harrington Jr. spent weeks learning to use a remotely operated underwater vehicle to take images of a potential archeological site in the Straits of Mackinac.
Credit Philip Hutchinson, provided by Terri Wilkerson

A group of tribal citizens and activists have uncovered a potential cultural site at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac from close to 10,000 years ago — the end of the last Ice Age. Researchers say it could be a major archeological find.



But the site is in a precarious place. It straddles Line 5, the oil and gas pipeline, where oil company Enbridge wants to build an underwater tunnel.