In the summer of 2017, archaeologists completed an extensive excavation at an eroding stream bank on Fort McCoy, and the excavation will be subject of a presentation Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Monroe County Local History Room in Sparta.

At 7 p.m. Colorado State University's Dr. Alexander Woods will discuss the science and technology that goes into archaeological analysis both in the field and in the laboratory. This 45-minute presentation will reveal how scientists use modern technology to help understand Monroe County's past.

The artifacts unearthed at Fort McCoy, including arrowheads, pottery and beads, reveal scientific information about 3,000 years of human activity in Monroe County.

A $1 admission donation for the presentation is requested.

Also opening that evening is an exhibit curated by the Fort McCoy archaeological team featuring the artifacts discovered during the excavations. The archaeology exhibit will be on view through summer 2018.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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