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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center


Copper Sheet and Bead

October 11, 2018

Copper is a minor but persistent material in La Crosse Oneota assemblages. The copper at Midwestern Oneota sites is probably derived from drift copper or was traded from sources in the Lake Superior basin rather than the other source for…

Oneota Pottery – Sand Lake Archaeological District

September 27, 2018

This feature was excavated in 2008 at the Sand Lake Archaeological District, located north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. It contained most if not all of a Koshkonong Bold variety bold exterior lip notched vessel. The sherds from this vessel were…

Pipe – Copper Tubing

September 20, 2018

Smoking pipes are often one of the most numerous artifacts found on historic sites. This repaired bowl fragment was recovered during the 2006 excavations of an early 1830s-1840s privy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  Copper tubing was used to fashion…

Anomalous Globular Vessel – Sunburst

September 13, 2018

This unusual pot sherd was recovered in the early 2000s at the Sanford Archaeological District in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This portion of a shoulder has a small, circular impression with a fine tool trail encircling it. Small linear punctates radiate…

Woodland Points

August 23, 2018

Forty-four projectile points were recovered during the 2008 excavations at the Sand Lake Archaeological District, located north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Seven of the points are relatively large straight or contracting stemmed forms that conform typologically with Early Woodland Kramer…

Cow Skull

August 9, 2018

This cow skull was recovered during the 2006 excavation of an early 1840s–1860s privy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Domestic animal bones in the privy represent swine, cattle, sheep, dog, house cat, chicken, and indeterminate mammals and birds.  Swine are predominant. …

Throwback Thursday – Sand Lake Archaeological District 2009

August 2, 2018

Throwback Thursday – Look who just received his Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison!  Pictured is Geoffrey Ludvik recovering a pot sherd during 2009 MVAC Public/High School Field School excavations at the Sand Lake Archaeological District…

Pipestone Bear

July 12, 2018

This red pipestone animal effigy closely resembles a bear. Two ears, a stub tail and legs with feet have been carved. The head has a forehead and outlines of the eyes and snout, along with a slit carved for the…