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The Archaeology of Prehistoric Native Americans in the Western Lake Erie Region Conference was held at the University of Toledo. The archaeological Conference was an opportunity for the public and amateur and professional archaeologists to become familiar with prehistoric and historic events in the Western Lake Erie Region. The purpose was to bring more light to bear on the Native American cultures of the Western Lake Erie Region during the time period from 1000 B.C. to 1800 A.D.
Dr. Brian Redmond presented on Prehistoric Fishers and Farmers on Sandusky Bay. Dr. Brian Redmond, Ph.D. is a Curator of Archaeology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. From 2004 to 2007, archaeologists from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History carried out salvage excavations at the Danbury site located on Sandusky Bay in Ottawa County, Ohio. These investigations turned up a rich archaeological record of life on Lake Erie which lasted for nearly 5,000 years. Evidence of at least three major occupations indicates that the site grew from a small fishing camp, to an important burial ground, to a large village populated by maize farmers. The discoveries of rare shell burial artifacts and evidence of the use of prehistoric cotton reveal trade connections to the Gulf of Mexico and possibly the Southwest.