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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Artifacts

Pipe – Historic Clay

November 9, 2017

Clay pipes, often called kaolin pipes, are common at historic sites. Some are plain, while others have decorations that help in determining age or possible manufacturer. Decorations or inscriptions can be on the bowls or stems. These examples are from…

Pipe – Woodland Clay

November 9, 2017

A grit-tempered clay pipe from the Woodland time period was recovered during UWL excavations in the early 1980s at the Quall site, a small rockshelter in the bluffs around La Crosse, Wisconsin. The pipe is very small, measuring only 2.1…

Clay Pipe – Woodland

November 9, 2017

A grit-tempered clay pipe from the Woodland time period was recovered during UWL excavations in the early 1980s at the Quall site, a small rockshelter in the bluffs around La Crosse, Wisconsin. The pipe is very small, measuring only 2.1…

Oneota Pot

November 2, 2017

This Oneota pot was used as MVAC’s logo for many years. It came from a site north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The inset shows the handle detail. Learn more about Oneota pottery and see 3D examples at: http://mvac.uwlax.edu/oneota-pottery/

MVAC Early Logo – Oneota Pot

November 2, 2017

This Oneota pot was used as MVAC’s logo for many years. It came from a site north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The inset shows the handle detail. Learn more about Oneota pottery and see 3D examples at: http://mvac.uwlax.edu/oneota-pottery/

Woodland Pottery Concentration

October 5, 2017

Pictured is the 1983 excavation of a pottery concentration at the Overhead site south of La Crosse, Wisconsin. These body sherds came from a very large vessel. They have been classified as Havana Cordmarked pottery from Middle Woodland times, perhaps…

Pearlware, Hand-Painted

September 21, 2017

Fragments from at least 31 hand-painted pearlware vessels were found during the 1999 excavations at Second Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. This bowl from the Enlisted Men’s Quarters is painted with a distinctive, two-tone blue design. It has…

Elk Astragalus – Carved

September 14, 2017

The artifact shown here was recovered in an Oneota feature from the Sand Lake Archaeological District in La Crosse County, Wisconsin in the mid 1980s. It is a tarsal bone (astragalus) from the lower, rear leg of an elk. It…

Metate and Mano

August 17, 2017

Manos are circular in shape, with battered sides and two surfaces flattened and smoothed from use.  Manos often have central pits on either one or both of the flat grinding surfaces.  The function or origin of these pits is not…