The Galena River flows through the southern Driftless Area and was intensively occupied by several post-contact Native American groups. These groups were drawn to extensive local lead deposits and were actively engaged in large scale mining, smelting and trading of this mineral. The lead deposits also drew numerous Euroamerican traders and miners, making the river valley a critical and volatile frontier of cultural interaction. This unique situation is represented by local place names and a number of unexamined archaeological sites including mines, smelters, habitation camps and trading posts. These sites can offer valuable information concerning the role of accommodation, conflict and social change among local Native Americans during this dynamic time.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - 2009|