Golf Course Construction Site Unearths 25,000 Ancient Artifacts

May 9, 2016
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The construction site of a new golf course in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, has more than just hills, bunkers and water hazards. It also contains thousands of ancient artifacts.

According to a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Kohler Co. (the brand that owns Whistling Straits) has excavated much of the southeastern Wisconsin property, finding “pottery fragments, stone tools, arrows and other projectile points, a grooved ax and special stones that Indians used as a hammer to make implements.”

The artifacts (more than 25,000 in total) date beyond 2,000 years ago, but might derail plans for the course in 2016. According to the report, Bradley Johnson of the Army Corps of Engineers argues the site should be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Representing the golf course, director of golf Jim Richerson said, “We can and will develop a golf course that will avoid, minimalist and mitigate adverse impacts while enhancing the natural beauty of the land.”

The proposed course is still under review by the Town of Wilson and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.