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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Tainter – Rock Art Panel

October 12, 2017

Tainter - Rock Art PanelThis rock art panel is from Tainter Cave in southwestern Wisconsin.  It consists of pictographs (drawings) of two areas separated by a natural horizontal fault line. Above the fault is a series of sky symbols including stylized birds that have no heads, raked wings connected to bird feet, and isolated raked wings or feathers. Beneath the fault is a hunting scene in which a group of bow hunters are shooting a series of deer/elk. The pictographs are all black and were presumably drawn with charcoal sticks. The image on the right is a replica of the panel showing what it would look like if the graffiti were removed.  The replica is located in the UWL Archaeology Lab.  More images from Tainter cave can be found at: http://mvac.uwlax.edu/past-cultures/specific-sites/rock-art/#Tainter.