Archaeologist Robert Boszhardt gave a presentation on recent excavations at Trempealeau, Wisconsin, at the Friends of Aztalan State Park annual dinner and graciously offered to give members of the Friends a special tour of excavations in progress and the amazing archaeological features at Trempealeau. Recent archaeological excavations at Trempealeau have revealed a Mississippian settlement or colony from southern Illinois, likely from the city of Cahokia, that dates earlier than Aztalan. The Mississippians also built a large platform mound on a high hill in the center of Trempealeau - the only one that had been known in Wisconsin outside of Aztalan.
The Friends have scheduled a tour with Mr. Boszhardt on Sunday June 12 beginning at noon in Trempealeau. This will be a drive-on-your-own field trip although we can make arrangements for car pooling. Trempealeau is located on the Mississippi River north of La Crosse, about a 2 hour drive from Madison. Those wishing to attend should register with Bob Birmingham at 608-516-3421 or firstname.lastname@example.org, who will supply directions and other details. There is no cost for the tour. Don't miss this exciting opportunity that will shed light on the occupation of ancient Aztalan itself.