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A.I. Helps Alaskan Scientists Discover 11,000 Year Old Fish Trap

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Dr. Kelly Monteleone, an archaeologist at the University of Calgary has spent the last 10 years of his life trying to convince the world he had found the oldest known fish trap, lacking the technology to prove the trap's existence.    

Moment 11,000-year-old fish trap discovered on ocean floor off Alaska Coast

Why is the existence of this specific fish trap so important to Dr. Monteleone? After all, we already know humans fished far sooner than 11,000 years ago. However, this specific fish trap was found off the southern southeast coast of Alaska in Shakan Bay which, scientists say, "...pushes back native occupation of the region by more than 1,000 years."  

The NOAA Ocean Exploration team has been using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to explore caves throughout Shakan Bay in hopes of proving humans occupied this region far sooner than we previously thought.  

On the historic find, Dr. Monteleone said, "The entire vessel was bouncing with excitement when we realized it was indeed a weir.  Personally, I felt relief after a decade of saying this was a weir.  Finally confirming the location w2as satisfying and exilharating."  Credit: NOAA Research via Storyful