The Friends of Aztalan State Park are an active group dedicated to the promotion, upkeep, and enhancement of a unique ancient Native American ceremonial and residential Native American town established in 1050 A.D.
The annual membership meeting and dinner will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the Hoard Museum in Fort Atkinson - same place as last year. Appetizers at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, followed by business meeting. The program will present the final report on the first ever remote sensing project over the ancient town of Aztalan. For details, see the Events page.
As in past years, the Friends will have a booth at the Garden Expo in Madison, Feb 8 - 10, 2019. The Expo is held at the Alliant Energy Center's Exhibition Hall, on John Nolen Drive. For details, see the Events page.
The final report on the first ever remote sensing project over the ancient town of Aztalan that provides details of what major archaeological features still lie underground. The project was conducted by Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin DNR, and the Friends of Aztalan State Park. The full report, plus images, can be accessed here.
Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History. An extraordinary overview of Wisconsin's natural history, from ancient sea beds to volcanoes to glacial masses, over millions of years. Written in a style that is accessible to everyone, author Scott Spoolman shows how the current Wisconsin landscape developed from eons of geological upheavals and weathering. The book, which includes a section on Aztalan State Park, is available for sale at the park trailer. Also, Mr Spoolman will be signing copies on Aztalan Day, July 15 (see the Events schedule).
Membership and Volunteering
The Friends of Aztalan State Park are an active group dedicated to the promotion, upkeep, and enhancement of a unique ancient Native American ceremonial and residential Native American town established in 1100 AD.
More Information on joining the Friends of Aztalan, volunteering, and our activities.
Donations for the Aztalan Visitor Center are greatly appreciated and will contribute to its success. All donations are tax deductible.
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In September 2014 The Friends of Aztalan State Park awarded the RFP for initial design of the Interpretive Center.
In July 2015 Dimension IV Madison Design Group submitted its final design report.
In 2016 The Friends of Aztalan State Park solicited ideas for the design of interpretive displays in the Interpretive Center.
In 2017 The Friends of Aztalan State Park sent a RFP for interior design of the Interpretive Center.
In 2018 The Friends of Aztalan State Park awarded the contract for interior design of the Interpretive Center to Driftless Pathways.
The Friends will also be hosting fund raisers to provide funds for the remaining phases of constructing the Interpretive Center. See the Events page for dates and places of upcoming fund raisers.
This is an exciting new milestone for the Friends group. Interested parties will be invited to participate in in-person and on-line discussion and survey sessions to help make this project a success.
Check back often for information on how you can participate in these sessions, and to follow the progress of our efforts to bring this project to fruition.
June - Sept, 2019
Free Public Tour every Sunday at 2:00pm weather permitting
Jan 26, 5:30 pm. Annual Meeting and Dinner.
Feb 8-10. Garden Expo in Madison.
Fund Raisers will highlight recent discoveries at the site, including the geomagnetic survey map. Check later for dates and details.
May 20, 2018. Spring Walking Tour.
May 30 - June 23, 2017. Excavations at the park.
June 16, 2017. Organized tours of the excavations.
June 21, 2018. Summer Solstice celebration at the park.
July 15, 2018. Aztalan Day at the Park
In conjunction with the Lake Mills-Aztalan Historical Society annual Aztalan Day festival.
August 19, 2018. Aztalan Picnic, with Native American food samples.
August 19, 2017. Native American Day. Omeyocan Dance Group.
September 24, 2017. Annual Field Trip to Trempealeau Mississippian mounds and Perrot State Park museum.
Tours can be arranged for adults and schools. Call Bob Birmingham at (608) 241-4958 or email email@example.com for more information.
Printable copy of the 2018 Calendar of Events.
Recent Field Work
May - mid-June, 2016, and Mid-May - June 27, 2017.
UW-Madison Field School
Further excavations of the ancient structures in the residential area at Aztalan. More information on the Fieldwork Blog. Information about the Schroeder Archaeology Lab.
May 26 - June 19, 2015
UW-Madison Field School
Excavated ancient structures in the residential area at Aztalan and conducted GPR and Magnetometry in areas where the techniques haven't been used before. More information here.