Excavations Underway at Pier Natural Bridge Park Rock Shelter

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Scott Weisman, a participant in the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County's archaeology field school, makes notes near the excavation units Tuesday. The students have been working at a site in PierNatural Bridge Park in Rockbridge. (Photo: Baraboo News Republic)
Scott Weisman, a participant in the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County's archaeology field school, makes notes near the excavation units Tuesday. The students have been working at a site in PierNatural Bridge Park in Rockbridge. (Photo: Baraboo News Republic)

The University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County’s six-week archaeology field school at Pier Natural Bridge Park will conclude next month. The research is  funded in conjunction with the Sauk County Regional Archaeology Program and the Center for Wisconsin Archaeology. This field school opportunity offers a hands-on approach to learning archaeology techniques.

On Tuesday, participants tended to the group’s six excavation units, which at first revealed a mixture of historic and prehistoric materials. At deeper levels, the students have found only prehistoric pottery, projectile points and animal bones, the remnants of ancient meals, Christiansen said.

In the past four weeks, the students also have done shovel testing at a site in Baraboo, learned about surveying techniques at Man Mound Park, and completed some monitoring work at a road expansion site. They plan to spend some time near the Aldo Leopold Shack next week.

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