Speakers Discuss Search For Ancient Dugout Canoes

Did you know that dugout canoes are the oldest-known “shipwrecks” in the Great Lakes? Learn more about the Wisconsin Dugout Canoe Survey and native Americans’ reliance upon them at the Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series event Feb. 1, 7 pm, at the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM). 

One speaker, Tamara Thomsen, has worked as an underwater archaeologist for the Wisconsin Historical Society since 2004, and between 2021 and 2022 found two ancient Ho-Chunk canoes in Lake Mendota. Sissel Schroeder, Pennsylvania State University anthropology professor, researches issues of sociopolitical complexity and historical ecology among ancient Native American societies of the southeastern and midwestern United States.

Wisconsin ranks second to Florida for the number of fragments from or complete specimens of dugout canoes documented by researchers.

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The Maritime Museum is located at 120 N. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.

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