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 took his undergraduate and graduate school training (M.S.) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has conducted fieldwork throughout the state. He is the senior editor of the Wisconsin Archeological Society special volumes "Wisconsin Rock Art" and "Wisconsin Archaeology" and the recipient from that organization of the Increase Lapham research medal for outstanding contributions to the field of archaeology. He received the Steinberg Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press for the 2000 book "Indian Mounds of Wisconsin" written with Leslie Eisenberg. He now teaches anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and writes from his home in Madison. Forthcoming books are "Spirits of Earth: Effigy Mounds of Madison and the Four Lakes" and "Skunk Hill: A Ceremonial Indian Community During the Great Depression."
Lynne Goldstein is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University where she has worked since 1996. Previously, she spent 21 years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her BA in Anthropology is from Beloit, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology is from Northwestern. Goldstein has conducted fieldwork in various places, but especially in Illinois, Wisconsin, and California. She has worked with Native American tribes in Wisconsin and elsewhere, including collaborative work in developing Wisconsin's burial law. In addition to a regionally based research program in Southeastern Wisconsin, Goldstein has examined late prehistoric societies and mortuary practices. She has served in many roles in national and regional repatriation debates, discussions, and committees, including 15 years as a member of the Smithsonian's Repatriation Review Committee. Most recent research has been focused on the Aztalan site; she has worked at or around Aztalan since 1977, and since 1998, has directed a project to integrate and summarize all known Aztalan data.