Meetings & Events

Invites you to our Monthly Membership Meeting

Saturday, February 17 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

South Madison (Goodman) Public Library 

2222 S Park St #101, Madison, WI 53713

Revealing Fragments of Wisconsin’s Ancient Past: The Hesler Petroglyph Site

Nestled inside an active stone quarry just outside of Waterloo, WI, sits the oldest petroglyph (rock art) gallery and sacred site in the Midwest (12,500 years old). For the past 11 years a team of volunteers, led by Anthropologist/Archaeologist Jack Steinbring of Ripon College and UW-Oshkosh, has been digging for insights into the earliest visitors to what is now known as the Hensler Petroglyph Site. The team has also been cataloging artifacts, photographing and conserving the glyphs found at the site.

Join Dale G. Van Holten, board members of the Waterloo Area Historical Society, assistant to Dr. Steinbring and curator of the Hensler and Yelk artifact collections at Ripon College as he leads you through the investigation, revealing through pictures and words the geology, the petroglyphs, the excavations and the fascinating artifacts recovered so far. 

Note: Our originally scheduled speaker, Ho Chunk artist Tom Jones, has a scheduling conflict and will join us at a later date.



Upcoming Speakers – Mark Your Calendars

March 17th – Jim Scherz – Mapping a Site in Jefferson

April 21st – Sissel Schroeder – Recent Archaeological Findings at Aztalan

May 19th – Kurt Sampson – Key Wisconsin Archaeology Developments

Please join the Ancient Earthworks Society of Wisconsin for our monthly lecture series for the 2017-2018 season.  We will no longer be meeting at Elie’s Family Restaurant, but want to thank them for many times they hosted our group. We will be meeting at the Goodman South Madison Library. 

The Ancient Earthworks Society of Wisconsin will host free Public Meetings every third Saturday from Autumn through Spring 

We are an informal group with members from a great deal of backgrounds, and we welcome all to join us. 

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We typically enjoy warmer summer months outside, and don’t meet indoors, opting instead for completing field work and surveying and going on site tours and other events. If you are interested in helping us schedule an event, or would like our help at your event, please let us know!

Please check our facebook page in case of weather cancellations!