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History of Archaeological Investigations
Investigations at Aztalan can be divided into four general periods, early exploration, culture history determination, park development and regional work specific questions. The first written investigation was by Nathaniel Hyer, who published a site map in 1837. Increase A. Lapham prepared a more detailed map in 1850, and others also explored the sited during this time. Extensive archaeological work began when Dr. Samuel A. Barrett of the Milwaukee Public Museum excavated in 1919, 1920, and 1932. He focused on understanding the site and its culture history. Once the site was purchased by the state, activity focused on excavations which would contribute to park development. This work in the 1950s and 1960s traced stockade wall, explored platform mounds and excavated houses. In the mind 1970s, work began to look beyond Aztalan itself to regional surveys of the surrounding area. In the 1980s and 1990s, work has been targeted to answering questions about the formation and development. In addition to excavations, some people have examined collections to address questions about culture, history and specific cultural practices.
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Aztalan State Park, WisconsinAztalan State Park

 

Aztalan was first settled around 900 by a Native American culture known as the Middle Mississippian Tradition..

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