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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center


Whiteware – Juvenile Cup

January 16, 2020

This juvenile whiteware cup with blue transfer print was found during the 2006 excavation of an early 1840s–1860s privy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  The cup shows a boy waving his arms in the air while standing on a railroad…


January 9, 2020

Early European travelers from the time of Louis Hennepin in 1680 frequently encountered timber rattlesnakes, especially along the rocky margins of the Upper Mississippi Valley as far north as the Falls of St. Anthony at modern day St. Paul/Minneapolis. Native…

Projectile Points

December 26, 2019

Kramer or Waubesa point (top), Steuben like point (bottom left), and Late Woodland or Late Archaic corner notched (bottom right) point.  All were recovered from a lithic scatter during surface collection in north central Wisconsin in the early 2000s.  The…

Throwback Thursday – Overhead 1980 Excavation

December 12, 2019

Throwback Thursday – Overhead site excavation 1980.  Kathy Stevenson excavating a piece of pottery under the watchful eye of MVAC founder Jim Gallagher.  Overhead was a multicomponent site at the south end of La Crosse, Wisconsin, that has now been…

Mini Pot

December 5, 2019

This miniature vessel portion was found in the early 2000s at the Sanford Archaeological District in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It consists of the rim and side of a small pinch pot. The rim is rounded, and both the rim and…


November 21, 2019

Many archaeologists who have worked among the rocky bluffs of western Wisconsin’s Driftless Area have encountered timber rattlesnakes. These snakes were once common and widespread in the region, but due to fear of this venomous reptile they were hunted for…

Oneota Vessel 30

November 14, 2019

This sherd is a portion of a rim with unusual lip-top tool impressions. These circular impressions have a raised center, indicating that they were made with a hollow tool, possibly a reed or a bird bone. There is no other…

Oneota Vessel 13

October 31, 2019

This vessel was recovered during excavations in the early 2000s at the Sanford Archaeological District in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The vessel looks like a possible hybrid of Perrot Punctate and Brice Prairie Trailed v. zigzag motifs. This vessel has vertical…