By: Discover Dodge Tourism – Juneau, WI
The “Importance of the Ledge Throughout History” will be presented Dwight Weiser at the September 21, Rock River Archeological Society meeting. He will speak about his many archaeological discoveries and those still to be found on “the Ledge”. The audience will learn about how and why the Ledge became a destination for the prehistoric Native Americans who followed the melting mile-high glacier and set the stage for successive waves of advanced cultures which were thriving here when the Europeans first arrived. The artifacts these ancient cultures left behind were undisturbed for thousands of years, (and even now, because the landscape was too steep for the farmers’ plows).
This pictorial presentation will show these artifacts which convincingly reveals that “the Ledge” was regarded as a sacred landscape which gathered the clans from distant places, called by Shamens for spiritual renewal of their people. You will see how these Shamens laid out stone (petroform) arrangements with astounding astronomical sophistication that remains accurate to this day – and they did it before Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids were built. The Ledge is a unique place in mid-continent where the three spiritual realms that governed the ancient belief system all unified.
Professor Weiser, a member of RRAS, has published several articles in professional journals and textbooks (including one published as Testimony Before the U.S. Senate Hearings at the request of the late Senator Edward Kennedy). His most recent book entitled Secrets of the Ledge:Pictorial Report of Archeological Findings on the Niagara Escarpmenmt in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, played a major role in raising public awareness and convincing the DOT to change their planned highway corridors which would have destroyed irreplaceable archaeological treasures. He is the founder of the Friends of the Ledge Coalition, and is its Co-chairman. Since retiring from his professional life, he’s been actively pursuing his long-standing avocation as an “archeo-historian” and is Vice President of Mid-America Geographic Foundation twice garnering that group’s prestigious “outstanding field work award”.
The program on Wednesday, September 21, will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. Refreshments are served after the program and everyone is invited. The evening is free to the public. For more information one may call Julie Flemming at 920-928-6094 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located at N7725 Hwy 28 between Mayville and Horicon