Archaeology




Field manager Marissa Lee screens soil as undergraduate students in a University of Wisconsin-Madison summer session field course continue archeology site excavation at Aztalan State Park near Lake Mills, Wis., on June 10, 2016. The class and related research, led by Anthropology Professor Sissel Schroeder, aims to better understand the daily lives of native people who called Aztalan home a millennium ago. This particular day included a public outreach and education event, funded by a three-year grant from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
On Friday, June 16, from 10 am until 3 pm, the UW–Madison Laboratory of Wisconsin Archaeology will host a special public day at Aztalan State Park in Jefferson County, in a showcase of the archaeological artifacts, current excavation work and rich cultural history that can be found at this important prehistoric site in southeastern […]

Public Day at Aztalan State Park offers a glimpse into ...




Mastodon skull on cart
Many of Wisconsin’s most charismatic fossils are of Ice Age megafauna. The Boaz mastodon is Exhibit A. On display at the UW-Madison Geology Museum since 1915, the elephant like mastodon was recently discovered to be a composite of fossil material collected not only at Boaz, a sleepy town just off […]

A Legacy of Pleistocene Megafauna


impressed clay seal and scale
Like any area of research — but more than most — archaeology lends itself to public interpretation in ways that can take a discrete discovery well beyond what the data actually show. There are lots of reasons for this, but it is probably the romance of digging up the past […]

Do clay seals hint at Biblical era post office?