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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Artifacts

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…

Catlinite 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…

Redware Preserve Jar

July 5, 2018

One almost complete redware preserve jar was recovered during the 2006 excavation of an early 1830s into the 1840s privy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. It was found in several pieces but was reconstructed to form a vessel about 8½…

Pipe – Basalt

June 21, 2018

This pipe is made of basalt, and has been pecked, smoothed, and drilled. Apparently, the craftsman bit off more than he could chew with the hard basalt, as the stem hole is drilled to a depth of less than one…

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,…