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A Career (Mostly) in Wisconsin Archaeology

  • Harrington Hall, Room 217 845 Elmwood Avenue Oshkosh, WI, 54901 United States (map)

Hosted By: Robert Ritzenthaler Archaeological Society

Location: Harrington Hall, Room 217

Speaker: Jeff Behm, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Abstract: I was formally introduced to Wisconsin archaeology as an undergraduate at UW-Oshkosh (then WSU-O), first as a lab technician (Fall 1972) and then field work on Archaeology Field Schools (Summer 1973 and 1974) at the Silver Mound Quarries and Workshops (Ja-21) in Jackson County, in the northern portion of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. In 1975 I was on the crew that excavated the large, early historic Marina site (As-24) on Madeline Island in Lake Superior. This was a salvage excavation ahead of sewer construction – the first CRM project in Wisconsin.
I have maintained a primary interest in Midwestern Archaeology, with a focus on Wisconsin. Field work outside of Wisconsin has ranged from the Ozarks of Missouri (1975-1977), the American Bottom of western Illinois (Summer 1978 and 1979), Belize (Winter 1980-1981), and Wyoming (Summer 1985). I have directed archaeological excavations and/or mapping in Wisconsin at Metzig Garden (Wn-283), 1986 and 1988; Bell (Wn-9), 1990-1993 and 1996-1998; Bell Spring (Wn-394), 1990 and 1991; Findeisen (Wn-394), 1993; Raube Road (FD-282), 1994; Menominee Park III (Wn-632) 1999; Double Creek (Wn-368), 2000 and 2001; East Meskwaki Village (Wn-754) 2000 and 2001; Binder, 2002; Markman (Wp-83), 2004 and 2005; Stern (Wp-80), 2005; Bell Ridge (47-Wn-399), 2005 and 2006 ; Hafemeister-Kria (Wn-180), 2008; Wild Onion (Wn-841), 2010; Olen (Wn-716), 2011 and 2012; Lasley’s Point (47-Wn-96), 2014 and 2015; and Lake Winneconne Park (Wn-853), 2017. Small-scale test excavations are too numerous to list (or even remember).
While retirement from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, ends my long teaching career, I plan to remain active in archaeological research – if nothing else, I need to finish up the many research projects that I have initiated but not yet exhausted (or at least brought to a satisfactory conclusion).

This presentation is our Society’s contribution to the annual Wisconsin Archaeology Month programming.

Book Sale: The sale of books, reports, journal issues, and magazine will continue. New set of books and magazines continue to be added. Thanks to all who have donated books, magazines, and academic journals to this ongoing sale. The proceeds of the sale go to the Ritzenthaler Archaeological Society’s treasury, and used to support our meetings and publication series.

Fox Valley Archeology: The latest issue of Fox Valley Archeology is available to everyone who was a paid-up member during the 2017-2018 meeting year. Non-attending members should have had their copies mailed to them. Members attending the monthly meetings have picked up their copies at the meeting. If you feel that you are a paid-up member but have not received your issue, please contact me. Individual copies of this issue are available for $5.00 to new members and anyone who allowed their membership to lapse and wish to renew their membership. At least one more issue of Fox Valley Archeology is planned for the Spring of 2018. This may be the last issue of this publication series.

Building Location: Harrington Hall is located on the west side of the T-intersection of John with Elmwood on the east side of the UW-Oshkosh campus.

Parking: We have permission to use UW-Oshkosh Lot 34 from one half hour before until one half hour after our meetings. This is the lot east of Elmwood and south of John – the one we regularly use for the meetings in Harrington Hall. We have access from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. If you park in the lot before 6:30 pm (even just for a few minutes) you are very likely to get a parking ticket. Remember that you must park within the lines of the parking stall, with the rear of the vehicle toward the aisle. We do not have permission to use any other parking lot. You will get a ticket if you park in any other lot. You may also be able to find parking on John Street or Scott Avenue.

Handicap Access: Ground level access to Harrington is available at the southern entrance to Harrington. An elevator is available in the south end of the building. There is no parking next to the building. You can make arrangements to be dropped off at the south side of the building.