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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Durst Rockshelter (No. 44)

Durst Rockshelter

Photo by Josh Mayer


Overview

Location

Sauk County. 40 acres.

Description

Description

Durst Rockshelter contains an important archeological feature located within a southern mesic forest. A sandstone ridge runs east-west through its center and is forested with red and white oaks, red maple, basswood, and ash. The southern portion of the area is wooded with young maples and contains a diverse groundlayer including several rare species. The southeast-facing rockshelter extends 80 feet along the bluff wall, 50 feet of which affords shelter. Research excavations found deposits 3 feet thick containing both ceramic and non-ceramic artifacts, showing that different cultural groups have occupied the site. The oldest artifacts were Raddatz side-notched points from Archaic time, which suggests an age of 5500 to 6000 years. Above these were Durst stemmed-type points of the late Archaic and middle and late Woodfordian periods. Durst Rockshelter is owned by the Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and was designated a State Natural Area in 1966.

Access

Driving directions

Access is restricted - use is by written permission only due to the sensitive nature of the site. Contact the Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy for more information.

Ownership

Durst Rockshelter is owned by:

  • The Nature Conservancy
Last revised: Thursday, October 19, 2017