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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center


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Updated June 2, 2020

  • Schedule of Events will be updated throughout the year.
  • Information about regional archaeology events sponsored by other organizations can be found by visiting MVAC’s Facebook page.

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  • Annual Awards and Lecture – A 40-Year Archaeological Journey Across the Driftless Area

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    Social 6:30 pm, Awards 7 pm, Lecture 7:30 pm at UWL Student Union Theater

    Robert "Ernie" BoszhardtRock Art Tainter Headless HumanLidar Bird Effigy Mound

    This public program will provide a summary of Robert “Ernie” Boszhardt's career in the rugged, unglaciated portion of western Wisconsin. It will review highlights of his nearly 30 years with MVAC, including discoveries such as Oneota ridged agricultural fields at Sand Lake, Paleoindian quarry complexes at Silver Mound, Tainter Cave and other rock art sites, and recognition of an Effigy Mound territorial boundary. The talk will also summarize more recent research, including continued rock art discoveries along the eastern edge of the Driftless Area, Effigy Mound discoveries in the Bad Axe Valley using LIDAR technology, and ongoing exploration of a major early Mississippian colony at Trempealeau. Copies of his books will be available.

    Call MVAC at 608-785-6473 or e-mail for more information.