Q & A with Bob Birmingham
Wisconsin Historical Society Press: What motivated you to write about the mysteries of Aztalan?
Bob Birmingham: Aztalan is Wisconsin's most famous archaeological site and is a state park visited by tens of thousands of people each year. It has exciting stories to tell, yet there was no modern book on the site. I'd hope this book would be a good introduction for visitors, and one that would draw more attention to the place.
WHS Press: What are your research interests concerning Aztalan?
BB: I am most interested in mysteries of what brought these people to the banks of the Crawfish River north from the city of Cahokia, and why they left.
WHS Press: What do you want your readers to learn from this book?
BB: That a world class cultural wonder is located within their midst. Quite a bit about it is known through archaeological and historical research, but there are still many mysteries that stir the imagination. It is Wisconsin's Stonehenge.
WHS Press: What do you find most fascinating about Aztalan?
BB: The grip it has on visitors. People are genuinely moved by visits and become very attached to the site because of its scenic quality and mystery
WHS Press: How can this book serve as a guide to touring Aztalan State Park?
BB: A chapter in the book actually walks the visitor around the site.