Dr. Donald Gaff, Northern Iowa University Excavates at Site of Aztalan, Wisconsin

Students from the MIchigan State University Archeology Field School, led by Dr. Lynne Goldstein, continue excavations at Aztalan Wisconsin. In addition to Michigan State University students and staff,  a number students from the University of Northern Iowa, led by Dr. Donald Gaff, are also earning field school credit.  Dr. Gaff is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UNI.  Dr. Gaff received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2005.  He specialized in Midwestern Archeology, Woodland and Mississippian Archeology, and Archeological Theory.

Dr. Donald Gaff describes excavations at Aztalan to former NIU student. 

Dr. Donald Gaff describes excavations at Aztalan to former NIU student. 

Dr. Gaff has been concentrating his work in the area west of the stockade behind the southwest platform mound.   To date, little is known about how tis part of the site was used.  The team hopes to better understand what this area was used for, and to trace more of the palisade that was identified by earlier investigations.

 
Excavations West of Stockade

Excavations West of Stockade