Native American Era in Wisconsin

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    There is evidence that native peoples moved into what is now Wisconsin immediately behind the retreating glacial ice sheets. According to Dr. David Overstreet, Director of the Center for Archaeology Research at Marquette University, "These sites [in Door County] are contributing proof that people were living at the margins of the retreating ice sheets, hunting wooly mammoths and bison as they followed the advance and retreat of glaciers across the state." [Walloch: Earliest Riparians] He continues: "These early people developed sophisticated scavenging, hunting and boat building strategies to deal with their fluctuating environment." According to Andrew Walloch, writing in Lake Tides (2004), "Since Dr. Overstreet's discovery of a Paleo-Indian site near Pleasant Prairie in Kenosha County, Wisconsin in 1987, he has been piecing together the early human history of the upper Great Lakes.." [Ibid.]The sites suggest native people in the upper great lakes about 9000 B.C.E.

    [This topic has just been started; much more needs to be written. Authors are invited.]

    Charles P. Forbes
    August 24, 2006
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