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Odd Wisconsin Archive

Young Archaeologists

Last month 7-year-old Joshua Bradford of Prairie du Sac unearthed a 5,000-year-old Bison Occidentalis skull in the exposed bed of the Wisconsin River. This puts him in the proud company of the young Dosch brothers who, in 1897, came upon the bones of a mastodon in Elm Creek in the town of Boaz, about 5 miles west of Richland Center. The Boaz Mastodon was accompanied by spear points that proved humans had been living in Wisconsin much longer than most people thought at the time, and it prompted much interest in popular archaeology. So congratulations to Josh, and may his discovery spur him and many others to a new understanding of how our history is all around us.
:: Posted in Curiosities on December 10, 2005
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