14 Sep 2010

Associated Press (see also http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/article_29848baa-be8b-11df-001cc4c00 ... a new road scheme at Koshkonong in Wisconsin has unearthed Native American artifacts - possibly as many as 100,000 of them which date back mainly between 5000BC and 1200AD. Many of the items belong to the archaeological period dubbed the Woodland Era, 2500BC-1200AD but the remains from before and since have remained untouched as it was a hilly and wooded area untouched by the plough - unlike a lot of the surrounding landscape. Corn, squash and bean seeds are common, indicating agriculture was practised, and fish bones (from species that inhabit the Great Lakes). Even a Folsom point, from a spear blade belonging to the Early Holocene, was discovered, suggesting the area was occupied before 5000BC.