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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Artifacts

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…

Oneota Pottery – Sand Lake Archaeological District

September 27, 2018

This feature was excavated in 2008 at the Sand Lake Archaeological District, located north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. It contained most if not all of a Koshkonong Bold variety bold exterior lip notched vessel. The sherds from this vessel were…

Pipe – Copper Tubing

September 20, 2018

Smoking pipes are often one of the most numerous artifacts found on historic sites. This repaired bowl fragment was recovered during the 2006 excavations of an early 1830s-1840s privy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  Copper tubing was used to fashion…

Anomalous Globular Vessel – Sunburst

September 13, 2018

This unusual pot sherd was recovered in the early 2000s at the Sanford Archaeological District in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This portion of a shoulder has a small, circular impression with a fine tool trail encircling it. Small linear punctates radiate…

Woodland Points

August 23, 2018

Forty-four projectile points were recovered during the 2008 excavations at the Sand Lake Archaeological District, located north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Seven of the points are relatively large straight or contracting stemmed forms that conform typologically with Early Woodland Kramer…