The Ancient Site In New York That Still Baffles Archaeologists To This Day

There’s a small, crescent-shaped lake in central New York in the Finger Lakes Region called Lamoka Lake. It’s located between Seneca and Keuka Lake actually, but it’s not big enough to qualify as one of the Finger Lakes itself. It’s next to the small town of Tyrone – a town with a population of around 1,600 people – and the lake itself covers just 1.2 square miles.

However, despite its small size, this lake is notable for historical reasons. Archeological excavations in and around this lake found evidence of human habitation going back as far as 3500 BC. This is important in American and world history because the discoveries at this lake were the very first clear evidence of an Archaic hunting and gathering culture living in this part of the United States.  Read on to learn more.

If you’re interested in the ancient history of New York, Lamoka Lake is as old as human history gets in the Empire State. Although there’s no historic site to actually visit here, just knowing that you are in the same place that history happened is a really special feeling. You can learn a bit more about the lives and culture of the Lamoka people on the Fort Stanwix National Monument website.

If you’re interested in learning more about the people of the Archaic period and their structures, check out this post about Poverty Point in Louisiana: Spend The Day Exploring These Ancient Earth Mounds In Louisiana

Address: Lamoka Lake, Tyrone, NY 14815, USA