Meetings & Events

Invites you to our Monthly Membership Meeting

Saturday, October 21st from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Sequoya Library4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison, WI 53711 – 608-266-6385

Guest Speaker Seth Taft

“A River Runs Through It: Assessing Pre-contact Material Culture found along Buffalo Lake”

Buffalo Lake is a large, dammed water source located in south-central Wisconsin, near the town of Montello, and is a part of the Fox River. In the early-1900s, archaeologists excavated several mounds at Buffalo Lake to better understand the mound builders. Excavations were done at three specific mound group sites: Kratz Creek, Neale and McClaughry. The goal of this research is to interpret the culture history of Buffalo Lake through the artifacts recovered from these three sites. Studying projectile points and ceramics will greatly aid in this research. This will show the migration and interaction amongst different native groups through time and the sacredness of the Buffalo Lake area.


About the speaker:

Seth Taft is a recent graduate of the Cultural Resource Management Graduate Master’s Program at St. Cloud State University. Prior to obtaining his Master of Science degree, Seth has been active in various archaeological investigations throughout the Upper Midwest region of the United States. Seth’s primary research interests focus on pre-contact populations that utilized the Fox River of Wisconsin. His research includes emphasis on lithic and ceramic analysis, trading and settlement patterns, as well as human-environment interaction. In addition to his field and research work, Seth enjoys collaborating with professional teachers and fellow archaeologists to provide lessons devoted to interpreting the human past for students of different age groups.

Please note the new location for the October meeting.

Our November 18 meeting will feature Geologist David Mickelson and our December 16 presenter will be Dr. James P. Scherz. Both meetings will be at the Goodman South Madison Branch Library (2222 S Park St., Madison, WI 53713)


Upcoming Speakers – Mark Your Calendars

November 18th – David Mickelson – Glacial History of Wisconsin

December 16th – James Scherz – Mapping Effigy Mounds

January 20th – Jon Greendeer – Ho-Chunk Historian

February 17th – Tom Jones – Trail and Marker Trees

March 17th – TBD

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 Madison Public Library locations as we search for a more permanent “home” for our public monthly meetings. We do want to continue our tradition of hosting our speakers for lunch, where members and guests welcome to join everyone at a nearby restaurant for lunch and conversation after the meal. The location will be decided and announced at each meeting.


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!

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