High above a possible channel through the Laurentian Divide, this single standing stone, or menhir, looks upon both the Hudson Bay headwaters and streams flowing to Lake Superior and eventually the Atlantic Ocean. Five thousand years ago waterlevels left from glacial times were much higher and ancient shoreline is found on rocks far above the current level (aprox. 620 ft. above sea level) of Lake Superior. Did ancient traders use this pass when coming south from Hudson Bay to the rich copper resources of Isle Royale and the Keewenaw penninsula? This is a question modern diffussionist archaeologists are asking.
This megalith resembles similar stones raised in the Orkney Islands of Scotland by the North Atlantic Maritime Culture and interpretted by Dr. R. deJonge of the Netherlands as giving sailing instructions to find Iceland and the southern tip of Greenland. At this time the area was more temperate and would have allowed access to the middle of the North American continent.
Archaeoligist are now considering contact in either direction between the Americas and the ancient, prehistoric cultures of Europe and Africa. Artifacts and sites from this time are being examined to determine possible connections. The ‘sea people’ who raided coastal cities of the Mediterranean were said to be red in skin color, though the use of red ochre for decoration was prevalent on both sides of the Atlantic, and their origin still remains unknown. They came, pillaged, and dissappeared from the ancient world.
This large stone is surrounded by other interesting lithic anomallies. It is only a short distance from the dolmen on the Kelso River, which is within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and has a petroglyph of the symbol used by sun worshippers in pre-Judaic times. The pieces of this ancient puzzle are coming together and the greatest need is for unbiassed consideration by the scientific community. Other nations, Canada for one, are far ahead of us in recognizing this previously unknown page of history.
One group that has expressed a definate interest in this emerging speculation is the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Possibly a change in administration will open up opportunities for further investigation. The slow accumulation of research, combined with emerging technologies to observe our world, are sure to bring these mysteries into the light.