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Gullickson – Boat

August 15, 2019

Petroglyph (rock carving) of human figures from Gullickson’s Glenn in Jackson County, Wisconsin.  Excavations at the site have uncovered remnants of Middle Woodland and Oneota occupancy.  Quartzite implements possibly used for making petroglyphs were found in the Oneota level.

Sanford Archaeological District – Copper Serpent

August 8, 2019

This unusual serpent pendent was found in the early 2000s during excavations at the Sanford Archaeological District in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It is made of sheet copper hammered to a thickness of only .6 mm. The overall piece is 26.5…

Second Fort Crawford – Pearlware Transfer Print Platter

July 25, 2019

Fragments of at least 49 pearlware vessels were recovered during the 1999 excavations at Second Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. These included undecorated pearlware vessels along with decorations such as transfer print, hand painted, annular designed, and edged…

Preston Rockshelter – Elk Pelvis with Embedded Projectile Point

July 11, 2019

Preston Rockshelter in Grant County, Wisconsin, was partially excavated by the late Harris A. Palmer and students from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville in the 1960s. Several thousand animal remains from the site were analyzed in the mid-1970s and recently published in The Wisconsin Archeologist*. Shown here…

Second Fort Crawford – Food Utensil

June 20, 2019

During the 1999 excavations at Second Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, 31 food utensils were found in the Enlisted Men’s Quarters, the Boardwalk outside the Enlisted Men’s Quarters, the Officers’ Quarters, and the privy. Of the utensils found,…

Gullickson – Bison

June 13, 2019

Petroglyph (rock carving) of a bison nursing her calf from Gullickson’s Glenn in Jackson County, Wisconsin.  Results of excavations suggest that Native Americans were occupying the rockshelter as long as 2,000 years ago, although the petroglyphs probably do not date…

Sanford Archaeological District – Non-Globular Vessel 93

May 30, 2019

This non-globular vessel is unusual for local Oneota ceramics.  It was found in the early 2000s at the Sanford Archaeological District in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  The vessel was probably straight sided, with a rim decorated on both the interior and…

Second Fort Crawford – Projectile Point

May 16, 2019

During the 1999 investigations related to Second Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin a single projectile point made of heat treated Prairie du Chien chert was recovered. The point is beveled at the tip and is probably an example…