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Sanford Archaeological District – Oneota, Vessel 69

January 14, 2021

Oneota Vessel 69 was recovered during excavations in the early 2000s at the Sanford Archaeological District in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Vessel 69 has nested chevrons below a shallow cross. An oblique tool trail panel is present on one side of…

Sand Lake Ridged Agricultural Fields

December 31, 2020

The Sand Lake agricultural ridged field complex, identified by MVAC archaeologists in 1982, was a spectacular Oneota site in La Crosse County with many acres of buried, preserved Oneota ridged fields (Boszhardt et al. 1985; Gallagher et al. 1985). The…

Lessard – TD Pipe

December 24, 2020

This pipe was recovered during the 2006 excavation of an early 1840s-1860s privy at the Lessard site in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The pipe is marked with a “TD,” with the T and D spaced rather far apart. TD-marked pipes…

Sand Lake Archaeological District – Woodland Pottery

December 17, 2020

This Woodland pot was recovered in 1984 from the Sand Lake Archaeological District, located north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. It is grittempered and has a row of punctations. Incised lines border zones of multiple cord-wrapped stick impressions and on the…

Second Fort Crawford – Dime

November 26, 2020

During the 1999 excavations at Second Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, a 1830 Liberty Head, Capped Bust dime was found in the Boardwalk outside the Enlisted Men’s Quarters. First used in 1809, the Liberty Head, Capped Bust dime…

Sand Lake Archaeological District – Knife

November 19, 2020

This bifacially flaked knife was identified in the lithic assemblage from the 2008 investigations at the Sand Lake Archaeological District, located north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. It is distinguished on the basis of having relatively straight cutting edges from pressure…

Pammel Creek – Bears and Wolves

November 12, 2020

This partial maxilla (upper jaw) of a bear and distal humerus (upper front leg) of a wolf were found at the edge of pit-type Feature 167 at the Pammel Creek site in La Crosse. The wolf humerus had cut marks at…

Pammel Creek – Wolves and Bears

November 12, 2020

This partial maxilla (upper jaw) of a bear and distal humerus (upper front leg) of a wolf were found at the edge of pit-type Feature 167 at the Pammel Creek site in La Crosse. The wolf humerus had cut marks…