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Superior City Council Approves Transfer of Wisconsin Point Artifacts

These are among the artifacts found on Wisconsin Point that will be transferred to the state Historical Society. These are among the artifacts found on Wisconsin Point that will be transferred to the state Historical Society. |  Photo: via City of Superior

Created: May 22, 2019 04:12 PM

The Superior City Council has approved the transfer of Native American artifacts uncovered on Wisconsin Point to the state Historical Society.

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According to a memorandum from Parks Director Linda Cadotte to the city council, the artifacts were uncovered during an archaeological survey completed as part of the planning for the Wisconsin Point Access Improvements and Dune Restoration Project.  The artifacts include pieces of quartz used in stonemaking, bottles, stoneware, and shards of pottery and glass.

Cadotte's memo says that the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa declined to take the artifacts because they do not believe the items are relative to the Ojibwa cultural context.  However, State Archaeologist John Broihahn expressed interest, saying that the artifacts would help fill a void in the state collection because they only have a very limited sample of artifacts from these types of sites.

The council approved the transfer during its meeting Tuesday.

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