May is Wisconsin Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month

by Free Speech on May 14, 2010

Lodi, WI~

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Phillipe from Wollershiem Winery displays an large arrowhead that he discovered

Phillipe from Wollershiem Winery displays an large arrowhead that he discovered

Wisconsin Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month helps us remember the importance of our state’s cultural heritage and historic resources, celebrates the importance and sense of place in our communities, and draws focused attention to the critical issues of heritage preservation.

As part of this celebration, there are many events planned throughout the state, including several in our region.  On Saturday, May 15th from 9am-noon, archaeologists from UW-Madison, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, and the Wisconsin Archaeological Society will be on hand to identify artifacts as part of the 3rd Annual Artifact Identification Day.  We encouraged area residents to bring in artifacts for archaeologists to identify what they are made of, how old they are, and other information. If you are simply interested in Wisconsin archaeology, come and view artifacts from the collections of the Sauk County Historical Society, UW-Madison, and several area collectors who will have their collections on display. This event is free and open to the public.

UW-Baraboo/Sauk County is located in Baraboo at 1006 Connie Road.  The event will take place in the Joe Wankerl Cafeteria.  There is ample free campus parking close by.

From 1-4 pm on May 15th, a second event is planned at Natural Bridge State Park, where the Raddatz Rockshelter is located. Archaeologists will provide tours of the rockshelter and talk about the excavations conducted by Warren Wittry in the 1950s. Five thousand year old artifacts from the Raddatz Rockshelter will be displayed, and there will be children’s activity stations and flintknapping demonstrations. Join us for this family friendly event!  State park day passes or stickers are required, but the event is free and open to the public.

Natural Bridge State Park is located in Sauk County off of Hwy 12, on County C between the unincorporated towns of Leland and Denzer.  The park is about 20 miles southwest of Baraboo in the town of Honey Creek.

For more information, you may contact Danielle Benden, Curator of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison via email benden@wisc.edu or phone (608) 890-1823.

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