Using all of the steps that you've seen in the archaeological process, archaeologists have created a picture of the past. Click on the buttons below to see the current story of how lifeways have changed in Wisconsin.


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Paleo Tradition
Big Game Hunters
10,000 to 8,000 B.C.

Archaic Tradition
Hunters and Gatherers
8,000 to 500 B.C.

Woodland Tradition
Hunters, Gatherers, Fishers and Gardeners
Southern Wisconsin:500 B.C. to 1200 A.D.
Northern Wisconsin:500 B.C. to 1700 A.D.

Mississippian & Oneota Traditions
Hunters, Gatherers, Fishers and Farmers
1000 to 1650 A.D.