"Uncovering Ancient Aztalan" on April 21 at South Madison Library
Join Archaeologist Sissel Schroeder on Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 AM for an update on archaeological field research project underway at Aztalan State Park in Jefferson County. This work is focused on developing a better understanding of the internal organization of the site and reassessing historical narratives about the site and its occupation history.
Aztalan is a National Historic Landmark and contains one of Wisconsin's most important archaeological sites. It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between A.D. 1000 and 1300. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village. Portions of the stockade and two mounds have been reconstructed in the park.
Professor Schroeder is an archaeology professor and department chair in Anthropology and a faculty affiliate with American Indian Studies, the Center for Culture, History, and the Environment, and the Nelson Institute. She is a Wisconsin native, born in Madison and raised in Wausau. She attended Luther College as an undergraduate, where she majored in Anthropology and Biology, received her M.S. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her a Ph.D. in Anthropology from The Pennsylvania State University.