Wisconsin highway construction unearths Native American remains

Published on July 31st, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks

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Highway construction in the state of Wisconsin has unearthed skeletal remains, as well as other artifacts, believed to have belonged to the Oneota people who lived in the area between 1300 A.D. to 1600 A.D.

The Oneota people were farmers, growing mostly corn, squash and beans, but also hunted deer and elk and caught catfish, drum, northern and other fish. Arzigian said the bison hoe was likely acquired through trade or crafted during a winter hunt on the western plains.

Archaeologists knew there was a native settlement under the road, but Arzigian said they’ve been surprised by the density of features found — more than 400 pits in a four-block area. Unlike other local sites, this one hasn’t been plowed or eroded.

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Story: AP | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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