Following up to the story we brought you on the unique find by a local family in the waters of Sullivan Lake just south of Fenton.

As you remember, the Bleau family stumbled upon the skull of what appeared to be a large elk, complete with teeth and antlers, last weekend. Experts they contacted all agreed that the skull is at least a couple hundred years old. They also agree that it is that of an elk, but the type of elk is yet to be determined.

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Michael Bleau and his family were excited about the ancient and interesting find, but weren't really sure what to do with it. They whole thing was just to big to keep at their home and they were open to passing it along to anyone that might have some interest.

Today the Sullivan Lake elk has a new home. The Cranbrook Institute of Science will be taking over care of the archaeological find. The Bleau family has loaned it to them for conservation and display.

Photo: Michael Bleau
Photo: Michael Bleau

According to Michael Bleau, they are planning on doing radiocarbon dating to determine the actual age and then conserve the findings the hardeners typically used for saturated fossils found in water or bogs.

The elk head was picked up Friday by staff members Max Hella of the Cranbrook Institute of Science Exhibits team and Dr. Mike Stafford, director of the Cranbrook Institute of Science itself located in Bloomfield Hills.

Although Bleau and his family were sad to the see their new friend leave, they are  excited to finally hear all the details of the findings and be able to see it on display. No word on when the debut will be, but we will be sure to pass the information along.


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