WIA Intern April Rothenbach pictured second from the left.

WIA Intern April Rothenbach pictured second from the left.

Hello, my name is April Rothenbach, I am one of the four Women in Archaeology Interns this year with the Center’s Education Program. I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with an Bachelors degree in Archaeology and Anthropology. I am interested in Midwest Archaeology, osteology (the study of bones), experimental archaeology, and lithic analysis (study of stone tools). My interest in the Midwest, specifically in Illinois Archaeology, stems from growing up close to the Lower Illinois River Valley, an area known for containing a rich record of the past. I grew up around many farmers who had collections of artifacts that they had found while working in their fields over the years, Many of these farmers were more then willing to share their knowledge about the items they found and stories about how they found them. These experiences have stuck with me and inspired me to study the past of the place that I have called home for most of my life, and the lives of the people who lived there. Last summer, I completed the University Field School here in Kampsville and am excited and honored to come back this year as an intern with the CAA Education program. I am looking forward to helping both students and the community better understand the history (or rather, prehistory!) of this area.

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