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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Artifacts

Oneota Pot Sherds

June 14, 2018

These two Oneota pot sherds were recovered during excavations at the Overhead site in 1980.  The Overhead site is located south of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Kessell Side Notched-like Point

May 31, 2018

This broken Kessell Side Notched-like projectile point was recovered in Vernon County, Wisconsin. The point is made of multi-colored (primarily reddish pink with some white and dark brown) heat treated Prairie du Chien chert. Its maximum length is 4.3 cm,…

Moccasin

May 24, 2018

It is rare to find artifacts and rock art in the same location. Tainter Cave in southwestern Wisconsin is one of those rare locations.  The cave is an ancient, deep cave filled with more than 100 rare drawings and carvings.…

Tinkling Cone

May 17, 2018

Few Native American trade items were recovered during the 1999 excavations at Second Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Native Americans received their annual annuities at the fort and probably would have gotten some supplies at the sutler’s store.…

Pipestone Counter

May 10, 2018

This semicircular flat piece with eight small notches cut into one edge might have been a reshaped fragment of a disk pipe. It is made of a red Minnesota pipestone known as catlinite. Although they are uncommon, flat pieces of…

Catlinite Counter

May 10, 2018

This semicircular flat piece with eight small notches cut into one edge might have been a reshaped fragment of a disk pipe. It is made of a red Minnesota pipestone known as catlinite. Although they are uncommon, flat pieces of…

Figurine – Clay

April 19, 2018

How did the area’s early inhabitants express themselves artistically? Many different materials were used for art, but in Wisconsin wood, leather, and basketry have not survived. A variety of stone, bone, and antler objects have been found. We aren’t sure…

Beads

April 12, 2018

A total of 230 beads were recovered during the 1999 excavations at Second Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  Pictured are some examples: Left column (top to bottom) -clear, dark blue, drawn tube bead with six red stripes on…