Hunting

© Photographed July 21, 2015
Aztalan State Park
Jefferson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin
43.063353, -88.861921
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Hunting
Agriculture was important, but hunting remained a critical part of diet and lifestyle. Hunting represented an important source of protein, and the animal bones themselves provided extremely useful raw materials to fashion into tools.

The vast majority of animal bones found at the site are deer, and there is little question that deer remained the primary source of meat. Nonetheless, elk, raccoon, beaver, muskrat, passenger pigeon, and fox were also hunted on a regular basis. Most hunting was done by means of bows and arrows, where small triangular points were attached to wooden shafts to form arrows. Since game is available . ..
The marker is one of a series of markers located on the grounds of Aztalan State Park,



Aztalan has remained a mystery since the early 19th century when it was discovered by settlers who came to the Crawfish River, 50 miles west of Milwaukee. Who were the early indigenous people who inhabited this place? When did they live here? Why did they disappear? Robert Birmingham and Lynne Goldstein attempt to unlock some of the mysteries, providing insights and information about the group of people who first settled here in 1100 A.D. Filled with maps, drawings, and photographs of artifacts, this volume examines a time before modern Native American people settled in this area.

To receive a review copy or press release, to schedule an author event, or for more information contact the WHS Press Marketing Department:
whspress@wisconsinhistory.org.

Note: This book meets and exceeds the requirements of the Wisconsin American Indian Education Act (Act 31).


Looking south towards the parking lot,
with the Crawfish River in the background.


Looking north along the hiking trail.

 The visitor center was closed the day of my visit.

The marker is located at Aztalan State Park in Jefferson, Wisconsin.

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