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Rock River Archaeological Society to host weekend at Horicon Marsh May 5-6

May 2, 2012

Staff Report

HORICON, Wis. — The Rock River Archaeological Society is hosting its annual historical educational weekend event May 5-6. All activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; with the exception of the Drum/Flute Circle and Native American Pipe Ceremony, which will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 5. Events will be at the Horicon Marsh Education Center between Horicon, Wis., and Mayville, Wis., on Highway 28.

A buckskinners encampment with Dirty Kettle and friends will both fascinate and educate young and old about the customs of the Native Americans. Visitors can walk into the tepee, sit around the fire, and listen to the drums as Dirty Kettle and friends share information and answer questions.

This is a free family event with something for all ages. Events, displays and activities will be held both outdoors and inside the Education Center.

Other activities include tepee storytelling; old railroad songs with fiddle and guitar; tomahawk throwing; Sovereign Nations flag display; atl-atl demonstrations and a chance to try throwing at a target; museum-quality artifacts on display from local collectors; corn grinding; fire-starting techniques; corn husk doll-making from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m.; and bake sale.

In addition to the listed events, visitors are encouraged to check out the Nitschke Mound Site Excavations to be held on both days. Nitschke Mounds Park is west of Horicon on Cty E. For more information, visit http://rockriverarch.blogspot.com or call (920) 387-7893.

The Rock River Archaeology Society organizes and conducts the annual Archaeology Weekend at the Horicon Marsh Education Center. Eastern Wisconsin is extremely rich in its evidence of prehistoric cultures. Horicon Marsh and similar sites appear to have been occupied by a variety of people since the end of the last Ice Age. Several hundred effigy mounds still remain in the area, as well as other archaeological material. The first archeo-astronomy site in the eastern U.S. was discovered nearby, and current research continues to expand our understanding of the lives of these people. Together, this diversity of artifacts and sites provides an abundant resource for discovery, learning and ongoing studies to which this society is dedicated.

For more information, contact Horicon Marsh Education Center, Attn: Archaeology Society, N 7728 Hwy. 28, Horicon, WI 53032, or call (920) 387-7893.

Horicon Marsh

At more than 33,000 acres in size, Horicon Marsh is one of the largest freshwater marshes in the United States. The marsh provides habitat for endangered species and is a critical rest stop for thousands of migrating ducks and Canada geese. It is recognized as a Wetland of International Importance, as both Globally and State Important Bird Areas and is also a unit of the Ice Age Scientific Reserve. The Friends of Horicon Marsh International Education Center provides financial and volunteer support for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources — Horicon Marsh’s efforts to educate visitors about the needs, values and uses of watersheds, wetlands and wildlife.

Rock River Archaeology Society

Rock River Archaeology Society (RRAS) was organized in August 1998 for the purpose of studying the rich Native American cultural and archaeological history of the upper Rock River area, including Horicon Marsh and extending throughout southern Wisconsin. This society’s aim is to provide activities for artifact collectors, amateur and professional archeologists, and people interested in Wisconsin’s Native American history. Rock River Archaeology Society offers monthly programs and all activities are open to the general public. The Archaeological Society meets from September through April on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the Horicon Marsh Education Center/DNR Service Center.

From the May 2-8, 2012, issue

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