Many farmers in Somers Township have “arrowhead” collections. What makes the Sherwood Klapproth Collection significant and unique is that we know for certain the exact acreage where they were discovered and, by the shapes and styles of the artifacts, we have confirmed evidence that prehistoric Indian cultures of Wisconsin existed here on the Klapproth farm in Berryville and Somers Township. Sherwood would walk the tilled fields after a rain looking for these artifacts in the sandy soil on the farm located not more than one mile from the Lake Michigan shore. All were found during the 1950's and 1960's.
The Klapproth Collection ( a partial collection shown here) includes arrowheads and projectile points. Arrowheads were used with bow and arrows and projectile points were larger and used as an attachment to a shaft or spear. The arrowheads and projectile points have different shapes and styles. This does not necessarily identify the Indian tribe but rather helps determine the time period they were used as each culture had their own way of shaping a making projectile points.
With the assistance of Mr. Dan Joyce, MA, RPA, Senior Curator of Exhibits and Collections, Military Historian, and Archaeologist of the Kenosha Museum (2010), the artifacts were inspected, sorted and identified.
For further study of Indians of Wisconsin, I recommend:
"A Guide to Common Prehistoric Projectile Points in Wisconsin"
by Lynne G. Goldstein and Sannie K. Osborn, Copyright 1988 Milwaukee Public Museum.
"Prehistoric Indians of Wisconsin"
by Robert E. Ritzenthaler, Revised by Lynne G. Goldstein, Copyright 1985 Milwaukee Public Museum.
|Durst Stemmed Projective Point|
Late Archaic Period 3,000 - 1,000 BC to the Early Woodland 1,000 - 300 BC