Archaeology festival is Saturday in Horicon | Regional news

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HORICON — The Rock River Archaeological Society will hold the Horicon Marsh Archaeology Festival Saturday and Sunday at Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, N7725 Highway 28.

There will be activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. An information tent will be set up in front of the visitor center.


There will be brats, hot dogs, pulled pork, hamburgers, cream of chicken with wild rice, fry bread, soda, coffee, water and hot apple cider.

A buck skinners encampment with Dirty Kettle and friends will include a wigwam. Native American stories will be told. Dirty Kettle will have a drum circle at 4:30 p.m. Saturday that everyone is invited to attend.

The flags of Wisconsin’s 11 sovereign nations will be on display along with the 28-foot voyageur canoe. All are encouraged to visit with the men who, dressed in period garments, can tell you about the life of an early voyageur.

Saturday at 1:30 p.m., there will be a program put on in the theater by Jerry Disterhaft and Glen Gorsuch, owners of the voyageur canoe. They will have items to view and hold after the program. A schedule for 2018 will list dates of when and where the public can see and take a ride in the canoe.

There will be atlatl demonstrations and a chance to try throwing the atlatl at a target. Other children’s activities include fire starting, corn grinding, bead collecting and making a leather punch necklace.

Robert A. Birmingham, author of “Indian Mounds of Wisconsin,” will be at the festival Saturday. Books will be for sale and he will sign them if asked. This second edition is updated and incorporates new research and satellite imagery. It includes a list of public parks and preserves where mounds can be viewed.

Vendors will offer jewelry and other items for sale including items that will benefit Rock River Archeological Society.

The Horicon Marsh Explorium will be open. It costs $4 for a student or $15 for a family. The story of the Horicon Marsh is told in the interactive explorium where sight, touch, sound and smell are used.

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