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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Artifacts

Whiskey Flask

December 13, 2018

This complete, quart size, blue/aqua, whiskey flask is a variant of the Union and Clasped Hands. The front (left) has 11 stars above the word “Union” and one star on each side of the word. Below this decoration is a…

Bison Scapula Hoes

November 29, 2018

Shown in photo center, two overlapping bison scapula hoes found at the bottom of Feature 45 at the Meier Farm Site (47LC432), La Crosse County, Wisconsin. These specimens showed signs of use, but were far form exhausted and were probably…

Lanceolate Blade

November 8, 2018

This large, thin lanceolate blade was found during excavations in the early 2000s at the Sanford Archaeological District (SAD) in La Crosse, Wisconsin. When found, the blade was vertical, tip down, as if it had been holding something in place.…

Button – Great Coat

November 1, 2018

One “Great Coat” military button was recovered in 2006 from an early 1830s into the 1840s privy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The Great Coat button has an eagle and the letters “U.S.” on it and was generally associated with…

Great Coat Button

November 1, 2018

One “Great Coat” military button was recovered in 2006 from an early 1830s into the 1840s privy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The Great Coat button has an eagle and the letters “U.S.” on it and was generally associated with…

Throwback Thursday – 1988 Midway Village Excavations

October 18, 2018

Throwback Thursday – during the summer of 1988, MVAC mounted an intensive salvage excavation project at the Midway Village, located north of La Crosse, Wisconsin.  With the cooperation of the landowner and the sand/gravel mining company it was possible to…

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…