Thursday, April 14, 2011

April 2011 Newsletter

Rock River Chapter of the Wisconsin Archeological Society

April 2011 vol. 11 no. 4

Rock River was a beautiful country. I loved my towns, my cornfields, and the home of my people. I fought for it. It is now yours. Keep it as we did.

- Chief Black HawkRock River April Program:

Dr. Jeffery A. Behm, Olen Site (47-WN-716): Unplanned Underwater Archeology at a Terrestrial Site-The 2010 UW-Oshkosh Archaeology Field School on a Multi-Component Site near the Shore of Lake Winneconne

Rock River Archeological Society will meet for its April meeting on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Horicon Marsh International Education Center located between Horicon and Mayville on Highway 28. Meetings are always free and open to the public. The meeting will be held in the center’s auditorium, located near the lower level entrance.

RRAS’ special guest speaker this month will be University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh professor of archeology and anthropology, Dr. Jeffery A. Behm. Jeff will be sharing with attendees his experience with a bit of surprise underwater archeology from a recent archaeology field school he ran for university students. He shares the following information about his presentation:

In May and June of 2010, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh began a multi-year investigation of an important multi-component (Early Woodland through Oneota, and possibly Historic Native American) site on the east shore of Lake Winneconne. This investigation was undertaken prior to the residential development of the property. Machine stripping of plow zone and disturbed topsoil from an area of approximately 40 x 20 meters revealed at least 500 potential features. Despite the persistent rains which frequently flooded the excavation area, 118 of these features (concentrated in the southern portion of the excavation area) were excavated. Preliminary analysis of the excavated features has identified a major Middle Woodland component. Surface collected artifacts also identify significant Late Woodland and Oneota occupations of the site.

Please join Rock River Archeology to share in Dr. Behm’s look at this interesting site. The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the Horicon Marsh International Education Center, located on Highway 28 between Mayville and Horicon. Please enter and park in the lower level area. Refreshments will be available, provided by our members, after the meeting. RRAS meetings are always free and open to the public. Come and enjoy this educational night out!

Archeology Weekend Bake Sale Help

Wonderful volunteers help to make RRAS the great organization it is. Once again, we request your help at our Archeology Weekend on Saturday, April 30th. We will be having our annual bake sale as part of our event, and would appreciate any donations of baked goods. Any type of item is acceptable, including bars, cookies, trail mix, and breads. Please bring items to the Horicon Marsh International Education Center’s lower entrance from 9:00-10:00 Saturday, April 30th, and we will cut, portion, and bag the items for you. You may even take your pan with you right away. Please note that our bake sale will only be available on Saturday this year. Thank you in advance for your donations!

RRAS Treasurer’s Report

Bonnie Katzman


Membership $ + 49.00

Donation + 8 .00

Speaker - 50.00

Balance: $1466.40

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Rock River Archaeological Society presents:

An Archaeology Weekend

Saturday, April 30th 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 1st 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Events to take place at the Horicon Marsh International Education Center, Highway 28 between Horicon and Mayville

· Atlatl (spear throwing) demonstrations

· Witness a real archaeological dig! (At our sister location, Nitchke Mound County Park, Highway E, Horicon)

· Guest speakers

o History of the Horicon Marsh with DNR Naturalist William Volkert, Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

o Raptors with Barb Harvey, Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

o Native American storytelling with Moni Stillwater

· Buck Skinners/Native American Encampment featuring Herb “Dirty Kettle” Heck

· Raptors with Barb Harvey

· Museum Quality Artifact Show

· Kids’ activities

· Native Drum Circle and Dancing, Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

· Bake Sale (Saturday only!)

· Effigy Mound Bus Tour, Saturday 12:30-4:00 p.m., $15.00, reservations appreciated but not required. Please call (920) 485-4203 to leave name(s) and number attending.

Please join us for a great weekend of fun learning about those who were here before us! All speakers, exhibits, and presentations are FREE!

For more information, visit

Rock River Archaeological Society’s 2011 Archeology Weekend Effigy Mound Tour

Saturday, April 30th

Please join us for an Archeology Weekend effigy mound tour to see a few great examples of effigy mounds right in our own backyard!

· We will be visiting two Indian effigy mound sites:

1. Nitschke Mound County Park

2. A mound group on privately owned land, TBA upon arrival!

· We’ll pass another mound, and areas in Horicon where mounds once existed.

· Cost is $15/person

· Cost includes: school bus transportation, short introduction presentation on effigy mounds, guided tour, printed maps and info, etc.

· Tour group should meet in the lower level entrance of the Horicon Marsh International Education Center (near auditorium) at 12:30 p.m. Presentation will begin at 12:45, and bus will leave at 1:00.

· We will return before 4:00 p.m.

· Please return cash or check (Payable to Rock River Archaeological Society) and slip below to RRAS treasurer Bonnie Katzman at our upcoming meeting, or send it to the following address:

Rock River Archeological Society

c/o Horicon Marsh International Education Center

N7725 Hwy. 28

Horicon, WI 53032

Space is limited! Please reserve your spot today!

I will be attending the RRAS Archeology Weekend Effigy Mound Tour on Saturday, April 30th. I am enclosing $15 for each person in my group.

Name(s) (please include names of all in group): ___________________________


Address: _______________________________________________________

Phone #: _______________________________________________________

Money will be refunded only if trip is cancelled.

Wisconsin Archaeological Society Logo, from

Rock River Archeological Society

Board of Directors:

President Jayne Schuett

Vice-President Kurt Sampson

Treasurer Bonnie Katzman

Secretary vacant

Directors Don Gehrke

Catherine Salapa

Gene Larabell

Bill Volkert

Rock River was a beautiful country. I loved my towns, my cornfields, and the home of my people. I fought for it. It is now yours. Keep it as we did.

- Chief Black Hawk

Rock River Archeological Society

N7725 Hwy. 28

Horicon, WI 53032

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