Holcombe Beach

Registered Site S0309

Holcombe Beach

Near this site in 1961 archeologists from the Aboriginal Research Club and the University of Michigan uncovered evidence of an early Paleo-Indian settlement. Here about 11,000 years ago these first prehistoric dwellers in the Great Lakes region inhabited a lake shore. Excavations of artifacts and bones reveal that for food the Paleo-Indian hunted Barren Ground caribou, a species suited to the tundra-like terrain of that era. As their environment changed, these Indians were forced to adapt to new ways of living, Different climate and sources of food required modified tools and methods of subsistence and the Paleo-Indian pattern of life developed into the culture of the Early Archaic people. The site known as Holcombe Beach is a reminder of basic changes in Michigan's physical and biological environment over the ages.
photo of Holcombe Beach

Erected 1977

Location: Dodge Park North of Metro Pkwy
Sterling Heights, Macomb County

Native Americans
State Universities

Latitude: 42.5688199, Longitude: -83.0100265

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