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Current use/information: In Copper Culture State Park.
Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 20, 1961):
At this prehistoric burial ground, implements of the Old Copper Culture people, who occupied the northern Midwest about 2500 BC, have been found in association with human burials.
The early excavations at the Oconto site played a critical role in unraveling the events that occurred during the Archaic stage in Wisconsin abd the Upper Midwest. Students and teachers continue to learn from this work and reassessments and reexamination of hte collections have demonstrated once again the value of long-term curation. Unfortunately, the site itself has not faired as well. Even though it has suffered many impacts over the years, undisturbed deposits remain at the site and this historic place continues to be of value to the citizens of the nation. A management plan needs to be developed for this site that pinpoints the nature and extent of intact deposits and discusses a long-term plan for preservation of the area.
The Wisconsin DNR and the Ocnoto Historical Society continue to monitor the condition of the site. The lack of action and programs is alarming and continues to plague the site.