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Being a home for Native Americans for a good couple of hundreds of years, it is just normal that some areas of the Mackinac Island in Michigan would be dedicated as burial areas. One of these places is the Skull Cave.

The Skull Cave dates back from the post-glacial period of Algonquin. It is said to have been carved by the waters of the Lake Algonquin, the ancestor of Lake Huron. In the 18th century, it was widely used as an inhumation site by Straits of Mackinac Indian tribes.

One of the most extensive documenting of the site was done in 1763 in Alexander Henry?s ?Memoirs?. Henry used the site as a refuge when he escaped the Fort Michilimackinac attack and capture. He stayed on the cave for the night and found out the next morning that he was lying in the midst of human skeletal remains the whole night.

Today, the Skull Cave is a part of the Mackinac Island State Park.
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