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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Artifacts

Stoneware Jug/Storage Vessel

April 18, 2019

One almost complete stoneware jug or storage vessel was recovered during the 2006 excavation of an early 1840s into the 1860s privy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  It has a gray saltglazed exterior, with an Albany slipped (dark brown) interior.…

Copper Artifacts – Sand Lake Archaeological District

April 11, 2019

These four pieces of copper were found during 2008 excavations at the Sand Lake Archaeological District near Onalaska, Wisconsin. All of the copper was in good condition. The cultural affiliation of these artifacts is hard to determine, but Sand Lake…

Hinges

March 21, 2019

During the 1999 excavations at Second Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin sixteen door hinge and hinge fragments were found. Eleven hinges were recovered in the Officers’ Quarters, three were recovered in the Enlisted Men’s Quarters, and two in…

Pipestone Tablet

March 7, 2019

Some stones in our region have designs engraved by precontact Native American peoples. Some of the designs are abstract, and others appear to represent thunderbirds, humans, deer, bison, or other figures. Beyond being “portable art,” these carved stones no doubt…

Catlinite Tablet

March 7, 2019

Some stones in our region have designs engraved by precontact Native American peoples. Some of the designs are abstract, and others appear to represent thunderbirds, humans, deer, bison, or other figures. Beyond being “portable art,” these carved stones no doubt…

Yellowware Rockingham Baker

February 21, 2019

A distinctive type of decoration called Rockingham was produced by adding manganese brown glaze to the basic yellowware, resulting in a tortoiseshell effect. This glaze was dipped or spattered onto a revolving piece of yellowware, which caused it to streak and…