The global headquarters of Oshkosh Corp. is nearing completion overlooking Lake Butte des Morts.
The remains of eight Native Americans, believed to have been buried at least 800 years ago, have been recovered from the site of the nearly completed global headquarters of Oshkosh Corp.
Initially city officials said researchers had found two and then four sets of human remains. But a newly released final report on the recovery of skeletons and fragments at the old Lakeshore Municipal Golf Course shows the higher number.
The report also notes that there is a “high probability” that burial locations could be found on other portions of the study area. The company opted to retain some mature trees and to forego additional excavation that might have disturbed more grave sites, city documents show.
The archaeological dig began before the site was formally designated a burial location. But the discovery of prehistoric graves did not come as a surprise to Jeffrey Behm, a retired anthropology professor at UW Oshkosh.
“I would not have been surprised if many more had been found,” Behm said. He pointed out there are dozens of documented burial and archaeological sites on the shores that ring Lake Butte des Morts.
More than 20,000 artifacts have been recovered from Lakeshore, said Jennifer Haas, who is a senior archaeologist at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Cultural Resource Management and who served as principal investigator on the excavation.