The Myth of Mesopotamian Sails

The Development of the Sail in the Archaeological Record This is a diversion for this blog from the stories of lost museum ships and tales fantastical pseudoarchaeology to a topic a little larger in the realm of maritime history and archaeology, the very first sail. The development of the sail as a technology within the … Continue reading The Myth of Mesopotamian Sails

Lightship Milwaukee Breakthrough

"Many wrecks lie waiting to be found, many found wrecks wait to be identified. Only researchers continuing to delve into museums, libraries, and archives can hope to unravel the sinuous threads of history. The rout is long, but there is adventure along the way and satisfaction in discovery. The rewards are intrinsic." Gary Gentile, Shipwrecks of … Continue reading Lightship Milwaukee Breakthrough

The Enigma In The Lake: A Critical Inquiry into the Rock Lake Pyramids

I Used To Believe The story that the following two blogs are going to relate is one of intrigue, archaeology and a miscarriage of history. Like the image above this tale includes archaeology, Nazis, and Atlantis in Wisconsin. The first part is going to be a history of the Rock Lake Pyramids and the second part … Continue reading The Enigma In The Lake: A Critical Inquiry into the Rock Lake Pyramids

Sunken Cities in Mysterious Michigan Lakes.

ArchyFantasies discusses Chapter 9 in Frank Joseph’s most recent book The Lost History of Ancient America titled Drowned Village of The Copper Miners.  This book is an update on the research that Frank Joseph and longtime collaborator Wayne May regarding the purported “Rock Lake Pyramids”, a pseudoarchaeological site located on the bottom of Rock Lake just outside the southern Wisconsin town of Lake Mills. The “pyramids” are stone mounds located at the bottom of the lake that appear manmade but, have been discounted as glacial features.  Frank Joseph has researched and written extensively on this site since the late 1980’s and early 1990’s with his book The Lost Pyramids of Rock Lake and Atlantis in Wisconsin respectively. This latest mention is underwhelming as it has not provided any further evidence to support his claims in the 20 years its been since his first book regarding Rock Lake and its Pyramids, it’s more a reiteration of his past works on the topic.  I want readers to consider this article a prequel (even though it’s modern). Myself, as an archaeologist and a diver I was curious about Rock Lake and it’s “pyramids”.  Stay tuned for The Enigma at the Bottom of The Lake.


Chapter 9 of the Lost History of Ancient America, is titled, Drowned Village of the Ancient Copper Miners, by Wayne N. May. It may as well be presented as a report of an article May read once.
This article is simply a retelling of a 2012 article from Ancient America, about a 2011 discovery by Scott Mitchim, where he claims to have found evidence of a now underwater copper workshop. One he somehow dates to about 4100 to 3200 years ago. Where these dates come from is not revealed to us in this article, so we’re just supposed to take it on faith that this is correct. Sadly, these are the least of the problems here.
May tells us that Mitchim claims the workshop is littered with artifacts both stone and copper. May tells us that these dates connect the artifacts to the elusive Ancient Copper Barons, who May believes were busily…

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The Shipwreck at Mystery Bay

Introduction What follows is a journal of the past two expeditions I took with fellow archaeologist James the past year searching for a hitherto unknown shipwreck located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. To protect the site and the possible shipwreck, I am going to keep the location vague and unknown hence the title "Mystery … Continue reading The Shipwreck at Mystery Bay