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Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Indian Town
"Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Indian Town" (Publication Date: February 2006; Paperback: $14.95; ISBN: 0-87020-362-2) explores the mystery of Aztalan, one of the Midwest's most unique and prominent archaeological sites. Robert Birmingham and Lynne Goldstein take you through the journey that begins with solving the mysteries of the town — detailing past and ongoing research by archaeologists, examining the origins of the town and its demise — providing insights about the group of people who first settled in this area along the Crawfish River, fifty miles west of Milwaukee, in 1100 AD.
Aztalan examines the cultural landscape, the customs and the lifestyle of these early settlers. Enriched with maps, drawings and photographs of artifacts, the authors take you through a tour of the site, providing a comprehensive account on one of Wisconsin's mysteries.
"The significance of Aztalan to Wisconsin history and the need to preserve the remarkable site was recognized from the very start." —from Chapter Six: Aztalan State Park
Robert Birmingham is the former Wisconsin State Archaeologist (1989-2004) at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the author and editor of many publications on Wisconsin archaeology. He received the Steinberg Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press for the 2000 book "Indian Mounds of Wisconsin" written with Leslie Eisenberg.
Lynne Goldstein is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University where she has worked since 1996. She has worked with Native American tribes in Wisconsin and elsewhere, including collaborative work in developing Wisconsin's burial law.
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