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Geologist to talk about prehistoric Wisconsin petroforms, April 5

Herman Bender, president of the Mid-America Geographic Foundation , will present a lecture on "Star Beings and Stones: Reflections of Ancient Native American Cosmology in Wisconsin" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, in 106 McCormick Hall.

The foundation is an archaeological and cultural preservation group in Wisconsin. A professional geologist and archaeoastronomer, Bender will discuss a giant human-like petroform effigy found at the Kolterman earthen effigy mound site in Wisconsin. The petroform is a mirror image of the constellation Scorpius.

Petroforms are purposeful arrangements of rocks into various shapes, including circles, lines, animals and humans. The one at the Kolterman site is thought to date to the Archaic Period, approximately 4,000 years ago -- much earlier than the earthen effigies that surround it.

Recent field surveys indicate that there are many more petroforms at the site than were previously thought to exist. An article on Bender's discoveries will appear this summer in Astronomy magazine. For more information, contact Norman Muller in the University Art Museum at 258-5211.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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