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The Find of a Thousand Lifetimes: The Story of the Gorto Site Discovery

James Robert Paquette

The Find of a Thousand Lifetimes: The Story of the Gorto Site Discovery


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience the excitement of uncovering the lost buried treasures and ancient artifacts of a long-ago vanished culture of prehistoric peoples? Have you ever, in your wildest dreams, imagined yourself making a major archaeological discovery while searching for primeval relics amidst the timeworn midden of an ancient campsite? Have you ever conjured up daydreams of what it must be like to experience the exhilaration of being the first person in perhaps 300 generations to hold in the palm of your hand a beautifully crafted Paleo-Indian spear point that was last touched by a fellow human being over 10,000 years ago? If such fanciful thoughts ever tweaked your imagination, then you will thoroughly enjoy reading historian/author/archaeologist James Robert Paquette’s fascinating personal account of the historic 1987 discovery of Michigan’s famed Gorto Site cache. It was the uncovering of this treasured collection of Great Lakes Cody projectile points (ca. 9500 to 8800 Radiocarbon Years Before Present or 10,800 to 9800 Actual Calendar Years Before Present) that provided researchers with the absolute proof that truly ancient Native American peoples--known to archaeologists as Paleo-Indians--once lived in the rugged interior highlands of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. With words written from the author’s heart, and with a collection of his never before published photographs, Paquette recounts the amazing story of this landmark discovery and the subsequent excavation of one of the most remarkable Late Paleo-Indian archaeological sites ever uncovered in the Upper Great Lakes region. For professional, avocational, and arm-chair archaeologist alike, this is a must-read resource document that describes, in very human terms, what is was like to have been the co-discoverer of the U.P.’s archaeological find of the 20th century.

Artist: James Robert Paquette

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