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A Chronology of Events

July 12, 2005 A young man vacationing in the Eau Claire Lakes Area was swimming in Middle Eau Claire Lake. He accidentally discovered what he thought was a couple pieces of driftwood. The driftwood turned out to be a very large pair of 8X6 elk antlers.
July 14, 2005 A fluted point (spearhead) was discovered at the elk site.
July 15, 2005 Matt McKay of the Hayward DNR, who is assigned to the maintenance of the Clam Lake Elk Herd, viewed and verified that the bones were that of a very large elk.
Aug. 20, 2005 Dr. Jean Hudson, from the Anthropology Department from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee viewed the bones, antlers and dive-site. She is an archaeologist who specializes in the study of animal bones. She was impressed by the number and condition of the bones. Dr. Hudson agreed to research the bones at the University and work the elk dive-site. She also agreed that everything possible should be done to eventually put the elk on display for public viewing in the Barnes area. The Barnes Area Historical Association would then act as the curator of the elk.
Sept. 20, 2005 Dr. Hudson applied for a Wisconsin Public Lands Field Archaeological Permit, which is issued by the Office of the State Archaeologist, which is part of the Wisconsin Division of Historic Preservation. The archaeological site was given the name "Silver Beach Elk".
Oct. 4, 2005 Since the elk was found at the bottom of a lake, the Wisconsin DNR Regional Director at the Spooner Station, John Gozdzialske, signed the permit as the legal land owner.
Oct. 6, 2005 Dr. Hudson received a signed copy of the permit from the Wisconsin State Archaeologist, John Broihahn. Thus, the site is now recognized as the "Silver Beach Elk". The permit allows Dr. Hudson and the University to study the site for one year.
Oct. 9, 2005 Dr. Hudson inventoried and transported the recovered bones back to the Zooarchaeology Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Scientific research is being conducted on the elk bones at this time.
Oct. 20, 2005 The Barnes Area Historical Association passed a motion, by a unanimous vote, that makes the Silver Beach Elk project a priority for the BAHA museum.
Oct. 20, 2005 The Barnes Area Historical Association developed a committee to oversee the Silver Beach Elk project.

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