August 2010 Club Picnic

Post date: Sep 21, 2010 3:8:49 PM

On an almost perfect summer day, 15 people gathered

at the Aztalan State Park shelter for the annual club


Bob Thornton had brought a sampling of new club

material as a preview sale, and others brought their

own rocks for swapping or selling.

Afterward, Bob Birmingham, retired state archeologist

and a volunteer at the park, came to the shelter to give

a brief talk about the Indian history of the park.

After the talk.

Bob took us on a tour of some of the features of the

village. First, we stopped at a partial reconstruction of

the stockade that surrounded the village.

It was built

for purposes of defense and was quite an engineering

project. Next, we climbed to the top of one of the two

large flat-topped pyramidal mounds on which the chief

and his family would have lived. We ended the tour in

what would have been the residential area of the

village. (Scot Moss)