Sauk County Archaeology


Life on the Shoulders of Earth

Ms. Harley Sorefass, Archaeology Field & Lab Technician at the UW/Baraboo, reports on the 2015 field school conducted at Man Mound and Maple Ridge in Freedom Township. One thousand year old artifacts were discovered and she discusses their significance.

Man Mound

Rob Nurre portrays mid-19th Century Sauk County, Wisconsin, surveyor, William Canfield. "Canfield" explains how he discovered the 1,000 year-old Man Mound and his efforts to survey it.

Man Mound on TV

It's called the 'man mound', and for 1,000 years people have been marveling at what the first people of this state accomplished. A production of Green Bay, Channel 26.

Effigy Mound Builders in Sauk County Part 1

Effigy mounds (earthen mounds in the recognizable shape of animals) were constructed throughout what is today the southern half of Wisconsin during a relatively short window of time between approximately AD 700 and AD 1000. 

Effiigy Mound Builders in Sauk County Part 2

Because these enigmatic earthworks are so visible they have been the focus of speculation as well as amateur and professional archaeological investigation for over 150 years. 

Sauk County Caches Revisited Part 1

These Sauk County finds consist of deposits of finished and unfinished stone tools that had been buried by their makers. Recently, three deposits were found in collections of the Reedsburg and Sauk County Historical Societies. The items underwent analyses and the findings are presented in this talk.


Sauk County Caches Revisited Part 2

This video is a continuation of Sauk County Caches Revisited Part 1 (Archaeology Part 1)