Press release: The Charles E. Brown Chapter of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society Presents: What Is a Canoe? Wisconsin Dugout Canoe Survey Update
Dr. Sissel Schroeder, UW-Madison
Join the CE Brown Chapter of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society for the latest ancient canoe news. On January 12, Dr. Sissel Schroeder discusses the progress of the Dugout Canoe Survey, which was conducted with the help of Wisconsin Historical Society archaeologist Tamara Thomsen and others. When the project began for him in 2018, the Wisconsin Historical Society knew he had 11 dugout canoes in the state. As a result of an intensive effort to reach out to local museums and historical societies across the state, the dugouts his canoe survey identified and documented over 40 hand-picked dugouts from around Wisconsin. Come hear the preliminary results of our research, including canoe sizes, styles, materials, age analysis, dugout differences and similarities. The Dugout Canoe Survey effort to document the dugout includes photogrammetry and handheld LiDAR to build a 3D model of the canoe. Together with quantitative and qualitative data for each dugout, the results of this project will increase the accessibility of these rare objects to scholars and the general public, and raise awareness of the importance of curating even fragmented wooden canoes. and the use of construction techniques and dugout canoes.