An underwater archaeology site on the bed of the Silver River, in the Silver Springs State Park near Ocala, is home to mammoth bones and other ancient remains dating back 10,000 years ago. First discovered in the 1970s, the history these discoveries revealed were dismissed at the time due to the perceived inaccuracy of underwater archaeology. This summer, a team of archeologists are diving there to "set the record straight."
According to the Ocala Star Banner, archaeologist and anthropologist Charles Hoffman first began excavating the site after a recreational diver reported finding a mammoth calf and human artifacts. The findings could potentially rewrite the story of human migration in North America, but Hoffman’s work was largely ignored due to the developing science of underwater archaeology.