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Arts 2014, 3(1), 27-45; doi:10.3390/arts3010027

Archaeological Investigations at a Wisconsin Petroglyph Site

Ripon College, Anthropology, Ripon, Wisconsin, 54971-0248, USA
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Religious Studies and Anthropology, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-3551, USA 
Received: 30 September 2013 / Revised: 28 October 2013 / Accepted: 1 December 2013 / Published: 3 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Collection World Rock Art)


Preliminary test excavations at the Hensler Petroglyph Site in East Central Wisconsin, U.S.A. have disclosed the remains of aboriginal engravings below Aeolian sediments dated to ca. 15,000 years B.P. The stratified deposits lying adjacent to an engraved panel, containing 35 pecked images, have yielded animal-like cobbles, some covered with red ochre, apparently picked for some esoteric use. The site itself has unusual natural shapes in the rock formation, along with acoustical properties, lightning strikes, a magnetic anomaly, and geographic prominence. Collectively these factors are thought to have attracted the ancient rock artists to the site.
Keywords: rock art; petroglyphs; America; early; archaeology of rock art rock art; petroglyphs; America; early; archaeology of rock art
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Steinbring, J. Archaeological Investigations at a Wisconsin Petroglyph Site. Arts 2014, 3, 27-45.

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