Fellow history buffs, get ready! A truly historic discovery happened in Wisconsin at the bottom of Lake Mendota.

And by history, I mean that one of the discoveries dates to literally 2500 B.C., according to Fox News.

Cache of Ancient Canoes Found At The Bottom of Lake Mendota

The search originally began in 2021 and 2022 after a group of scuba divers discovered dugout canoes. Since that time, the area remains a popular spot for historians as more searching continues. And recently, more has been found!! Up to 10 (still studying one more) have been identified!

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Ho-Chunk Nation Bill Quackenbush states,

[The canoes] serve as a physical representation of what we know from extensive oral traditions that Native scholars have passed down over generations.

Such an amazing piece of history to witness-- but that isn't even the coolest part to me about this massive find. Take a look at them!

Ancient Historical Canoes Found in Lake Mendota
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After testing, it's indicated that the oldest of the cache is 4,500 years old (dating to about 2500 B.C.) The youngest of all the canoes is about 800 years old!

To put into perspective... Stonehenge was also constructed 4,500 years ago AND that would make the eldest even older than the Roman Empire. So yeah, this is a pretty cool find!

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Larry Plucinski states,

We have a lot to learn from the Mendota site. [The research] helps us to understand and share the stories of people who lived here and had a thriving culture here since time immemorable.

I'm so excited to hear more information about this discovery. I 100% geek out about this kind of stuff. You can check out a TikTok on it below!

@biancathebibliophile History is seriously so cool! #greenscreen #history #ancienthistory #fyp #foryoupage ♬ original sound - Bianca The Bibliophile

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