Dr. Sissel Schroeder and her Ph.D. student Jake Pfaffenroth lead a summer field course for undergraduate students, to understand how diverse peoples learned how to live together, merge their cultures, and create a community. The project includes significant public outreach led by collaborator and UW science writer Kelly Tyrrell.
Dr. Sissel Schroeder and Kelly Tyrrell (science writer, University Communications) were awarded a grant from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment to enhance learning opportunities for schoolchildren, create education materials, and promote scientific literacy. The project is centered on archaeological research at Aztalan near Lake Mills, Wisc.
"Publishing May 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a research team led by UW–Madison geographers Samuel Munoz and Jack Williams provides this evidence, hidden beneath two lakes in the Mississippi floodplain. Sediment cores from these lakes, dating back nearly 2,000 years, provide evidence of at least eight major flood events in the central Mississippi River valley that could help explain the enigmatic rise and fall of Cahokia, near present-day St. Louis."
Fact: "Anthropology professor Sissel Schroeder and her students are spending almost a month digging, scraping and sifting, looking for evidence that after 1050 A.D. the Late Woodland people and the Middle Mississippians may have co-existed here."
...and fiction: “'That’s a dinosaur skull,' Balding said pointing to a fuzzy image. 'You can’t mistake certain things. There’s a city down there. There’s no question about it.'"
Prof. Sissel Schroeder was one of ten faculty recognized in 2014 for her commitment to improving the learning process for undergraduates. She is recognized for radically overhauled curricula and for making challenging subjects more accessible to students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
"Research groups from three Midwestern universities are digging yet again at Aztalan, a state park near Lake Mills, Wis., hoping to unravel the history of a walled outpost that was once thought to be related to the Aztec culture in Mexico."