Summer 2019 Field School Opportunity

The UWM Archaeological Field School will be held at the Aztalan site in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. Aztalan is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the Midwest and UWM has a long history of research at the site. Students will learn to excavate, record, and interpret multiple occupation levels at the site through a field-based, hands-on practicum.

Please visit the website for more information.
Applications can be downloaded here.

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2019 WASRA Call for Proposals

The Wisconsin Archaeology Society Awards Committee is pleased to invite applications from avocational archaeologists and archaeology students for the 2019 WASRA grants. The Society Board has allocated $500 for this program in Fiscal Year 2019. In accordance with the guidelines posted on the Society web site, individual awards will not exceed $500 and may be less. Applicants must be Wisconsin Archeological Society members for consideration of the application.

The guidelines detail eligibility criteria; the application process; and establish that complete packages must be submitted in digital format (pdf preferred) to by March 15, 2019. The Committee will evaluate all proposals and announce award decisions at the Spring Wisconsin Archeological Society meeting. The guidelines also list obligations of those receiving awards. 
For examples of award-winning research, please see research updates from previous WASRA recipients.

2019 Winter Dinner

The 2019 WAS Winter Dinner will be held on January 19. Social hour begins at 5:00 pm with cash bar, appetizers, and coffee. Buffet dinner with salads, vegetables, starches and four entrees begins around 6:00 pm. This year's featured speaker is Dr. Thomas Loebel.

RSVP deadline in January 12, 2019.

Please see the event page for more details including payment options.

Results of the 2018 WAS Board Member Elections

The Wisconsin Archeological Society (Society) would like to thank everyone that participated in the Society’s 2018 Board Member Elections.

The results of the election:

Number of members - 175
Number of members that voted - 65
Percentage of voters - 37%

President - George Christiansen III, 65 votes 100%
Vice President - Rob Nurre, 65 votes 100%
At-Large Director - Cynthia (Cindi) Stiles, 64 votes 98%
At-Large Director - Seth Schneider, 61 votes 94%

Congratulations to the candidates and welcome! The candidates will take their seats on the Society Board January 1, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns please email the Society at

Wisconsin Archeological Society 2018 Board Elections

Dear Society Members,

The 2018 Wisconsin Archeological Society Board of Director Elections will begin on Monday October 1st.

All current Society members are asked to participate in the elections by casting your vote. The Society is using a free internet voting site called to reach as many members as possible. Members will receive a notification letter from that provides a personalized registration code. Please watch from the notification letter in your email inbox. If you do not see it in your inbox, please check your junk folder.

Members are allowed vote at any time between 12 AM on October 1st to 11:59 PM on October 31st.

Slate of Candidates

President – George W. Christiansen III
George W. Christiansen III has been nominated to fill the position of President of the Wisconsin Archeological Society to serve from January 2019 to December 2020. George is a professional archaeologist with over 30 years of experience in the pre- and post-contact archaeology of the Upper Great Lakes. He currently is a senior lecturer at University of Wisconsin – Platteville Baraboo Sauk County in the Department of Social Sciences and is also the Director of the Center for Wisconsin Archaeology. George has been a member of the Wisconsin Archeological Society for over 20 years and is near completing a two-year term as an At-Large Director on the Wisconsin Archeological Society Board of Directors. If elected, his primary goal will be to promote education of the general public about Wisconsin’s unique cultural heritage. He believes that this can only be accomplished by expansion of the WAS membership and providing the public opportunities to become involved in Wisconsin archaeology through WAS sponsored lectures, publications and hands-on experiences.

Vice-President – Rob Nurre
Rob Nurre has had a varied career working primarily in education, interpretation and preservation roles involved with both natural and cultural landscapes. Over a period of almost 20 years he was the Land Records Manager for the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. In that role he was responsible for the working with many of the state’s original land records, particularly the field notes and plat maps of the original General Land Office Survey. These survey records were made available on-line based on his work. He also worked as a historical interpreter for the federal Bureau of Land Management during the 2003-2006 bicentennial commemoration of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Rob coordinated and provided the introduction for the 2001 re-publication of The Antiquities of Wisconsin by Increase A. Lapham, and is known to occasionally appear in character as Lapham and other figures from the past.

For the past decade, Rob has been the volunteer caretaker of the Man Mound in Sauk County.

Rob has been a member of the WAS for most of the past fifteen years. For about eight years he has been the chair of the WAS’s Preservation of Sites Committee focusing its efforts the society’s Heim Mound property in Middleton. He has served on the WAS Board of Directors since October 2015 and was selected by the WAS Board to fill the vacant position of Vice president in June 2018. Rob led the effort to revise the WAS by-laws which were recently adopted.

Having been an organization for nearly 120 years, the Wisconsin Archeological Society has a deep and rich legacy of researching, documenting, educating about and caring for the archaeological resources of Wisconsin. The WAS needs to maintain its strong commitment to publishing The Wisconsin Archeologist while working to engage with a broader audience of people who have a more general interest in archaeology and the history of human interaction with Wisconsin’s landscape. We need to strengthen and reinvigorate our long standing efforts in the area of public programming through lectures, field experiences, hands-on experiences and publications for members and for the general public. We need to emphasize our cooperation with other vocational and avocational groups interested in archaeology and related fields of interest as we better define the important mission of the Wisconsin Archeological Society for the future.

At-Large Director (Two Positions)

Cynthia (Cindi) Stiles
Cynthia (Cindi) Stiles has been nominated to the position of At-Large Director on the Wisconsin Archeological Society Board of Directors for a term from January 2019 to December 2020. Cindi has been professional archaeologist for 45 years, mostly in the Upper Midwest. For the past 25 years, she has worked in Northern Wisconsin primarily with the Wisconsin tribes. Once as the WHS Regional Program archaeologist in the northern portion of the state and now through her employment with Lac du Flambeau tribe, Cindi continues to give talks on archeology and work with landowners, avocational and student archaeologists, and others interested in the profession. She is also a member of the State Burial Sites Preservation Board. This is an exciting time for the Society and she would use her experience in the north and with the tribes to contribute to the Society's activities.

Seth A. Schneider
Seth A. Schneider has been nominated to the position of At-Large Director on the Wisconsin Archeological Society Board of Directors for a term from January 2019 to December 2020. He has been working in the field of archaeology for over 20 years, and he became actively involved with the Wisconsin Archeological Society as the Program Chair in 2000. Currently, he has the pleasure of serving as the President of the Society. As president, he strove to set in motion more archeological events that the Society can provide members and public participants. Seth has been working with committees that are in the process of producing publications that provide updates on Wisconsin archaeology. As an at-large director, he plans to continue to work towards these endeavors and increasing the membership in the Society.

If you have any questions, please email us at

WAS Board of Directors - Call for Nominations

Dear Society Members,

This message is a plea for nominations to fill four positions on the Wisconsin Archeological Society Board of Directors whose terms are up this year. The positions are President, Vice President, and two At-Large Board Directors.
If you would like to nominate someone for one of the four positions, please:

  1. Send your nomination to along with contact information for the nominee by Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The Elections & Nominations committee will contact the nominated individual to confirm their acceptance of the nomination.

  2. Those that have accepted their nomination, please provide a short biography of yourself in a paragraph for the slate of candidates indicating:

    1. Position you are nominated to fill,

    2. Experience within the Society,

    3. How you feel you can best fill the position for which you are nominated and move the Society forward. 

The slate of candidates will be posted on the Society website, Facebook page, and sent to members on Friday, Sept. 28th. Reminders will be sent out mid-month in October and one week before end voting to request members to vote. Only Wisconsin Archeological Society members will be allowed to vote. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Society, please visit our membership page here.
The Society will use an online voting process, Members will receive an email with a code to enter to place their vote on The time frame for voting will be open from Oct. 1-31.
The results will be announced one week from the end of voting, Wednesday, Nov. 7th.
This your opportunity to have a say in the future of the Wisconsin Archeological Society, and I urge you provide nominations to the slate of candidates and participate by voting for your representatives on the Society Board of Directors.

Seth Schneider
Wisconsin Archeological Society

Spring Meeting Reminder

As a reminder, the 2018 Wisconsin Archeological Society Spring Meeting will be taking place on Saturday, April 7th at the Oshkosh Public Museum from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. If you have not marked your calendars, please do so. The meeting and events during the day are open to the public, but attendees must pay the $8 admission to get into the museum. Wisconsin Archeological Society members get in free to the museum. If you would like to become a member, please join us at: Membership Renewal.
There is a lot happening at the Spring Meeting. First, the business meeting will be taking place from 10 AM – 11 AM. The officers and committee chairs will give very short presentations on what is happening within the society. The focus of the business meeting is the vote on the revised by-laws, which were sent to you at the beginning of March and posted on the Society website for over 30 days. The Society Board hopes members will be able to attend the meeting to provide a vote on this important document. If these new laws are ratified, it will allow the board to conduct voting through electronic means (e.g., website survey polls) so all members can participate.
After the business meeting at 11 A.M. and in the afternoon at 2 P.M., Dr. Don Spohn will be happy to identify and talk about copper artifacts. Dr. Jeffery Behm will be giving a tour of the new permanent exhibit, “Peoples of the Waters.” Dr. Behm was a consultant during the planning and installation of the exhibit.
Before the main event, the Society is providing lunch for participants from 12 - 1 P.M. Subs, chips, cookies, and soda from Firehouse Subs will be offered.

The main event is a presentation by Dr. Spohn on “Prehistoric Copper Mining Tools.” For more information on the presentation, view the flyer here.
The agenda for the business meeting, events for the day, as well as directions and a Google Earth map to get to the Oshkosh Public Museum can be found here: Spring 2018 Meeting Agenda.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Burial Sites Preservation Law Update

Tomorrow is the State Senate's final session to consider the newly modified Burial Sites Preservation Law (AB 118). The Senate's calendar is posted online here:

The session begins at 11:00 am. There are many bills on the calendar. I don't know when the burial bill will come up, but the calendar suggests that it is early in the list. There is no public comment opportunity tomorrow, but the "public" may watch the proceedings. 

It is possible, though not likely, that a senator could attempt to modify the bill from the floor. If that happened, and a majority of the senate agreed, the bill would die. Any major change would have to go back to committee for a public hearing and committee consideration before it could brought to the legislature for a full vote; that could not be accomplished until after this legislative session had concluded (according to their calendar for this year).

We hope that tomorrow brings no changes and that the bill will pass. After the bill passes tomorrow, it must be signed by the Governor. A formal signing ceremony at some point in the near future is being discussed, but there is no plan in place that I know of.