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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center


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Updated March 16, 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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  • Lecture - Pre-European People on Brice Prairie: 13,000 years of Adaptation from Big Game Hunters to the Region's First Farmers

    Saturday, March 21, 2015
    10:30 am at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

    Mastodon bones. Stone tools. Engraved pottery. What do these items have in common? These artifacts provide a glimpse into the lives of early peoples in the Brice Prairie area, weaving a story of what attracted people to this area, how they utilized the land, and how their lives compare to ours today. An illustrated talk by Dr. Connie Arzigian, archaeologist at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, will discuss how people lived in this area, used the local resources, and how their way of life changed over time. Examples of different tools and pottery will be on display. This program will be best enjoyed by teens and adults.  For more information, contact the La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399 or visit the Visitor Center, located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI.