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Anthropologists Uncover Wisconsin’s Past

In the 1860s, a man, likely a German immigrant, died in Milwaukee. He was buried in Gruenhagen Cemetery in the city’s Second Ward. Time passed, and the cemetery was closed, built over and lost to history.

In August 2015, the Guest House, a local homeless shelter, broke ground to expand into the empty lot next door. The man’s grave – and 82 more – were rediscovered. Construction was halted, and the shelter called the UWM Cultural Resource Management program (UWM-CRM) for help with the unexpected exhumations.

Read the entire story in the UWM 2016 Research Report.