This latest episode allowed me to reveal something about myself that many people will disagree with; I definitely prefer the Rolling Stones over the Beatles as the greatest rock and roll band ever. Now that we've settled that...
While our adventure in the Fugusub did not find any pyramids in Rock Lake; technically, it remains an open question whether there are any in the lake or not. I am very skeptical any pyramids are there for the simple reason I don't believe the lake levels were sufficiently low enough for the area to have been attractive enough for any culture to build them. While there are plenty of rocks in the lake, this is due to continental glaciers that dumped them there roughly 15,000 years ago. I'd love to be proven wrong someday, but I doubt that'll happen.
One thing I can say is there definitely are earthen pyramids at the Aztalan State Park. I really enjoyed my day there with Bob Birmingham, who was very candid, informative, and friendly. He also was open-minded between takes when we discussed other topics. As is the case in many places I've visited, it's a shame we don't hear more about sites like Aztalan in our schools growing up. This fascinating site is one state over and I had never heard of it until a few days before the shoot. I had certainly heard of the 'pyramids in Rock Lake', but not the legitimate site only a few miles away. What's even more mind-boggling is we were never taught about the incredible early Native City of Cahokia just outside of St. Louis. It had a larger population in 13th century than London at the time. Somehow Cahokia wasn't relevant enough to teach us about in American history class growing up??
One thing you can sure of: there is a reason...
Colin films Russell Canfield as he explains the operation of the Fugusub.
Former Wisconsin State Archaeologist Bob Birmingham pauses for a photo with Scott.
Mexican Scholar Roberto Rodriguez shares his map knowledge with Scott.
Colin Thrienen shoots Scott looking out over Wisconsin farmland.