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Sand Lake Archaeological District – Mississippian Sherds

October 3, 2019

An assemblage of Mississippian ceramics (A.D. 1100-1200) excavated in 2008 from the Sand Lake Archaeological District, La Crosse County, Wisconsin. Top row: Examples of semi-rolled rims. Middle row: Probable Ramey Incised body sherd that is blackened with a burnished exterior…

Second Fort Crawford – Percussion Caps

September 26, 2019

Two different types of percussion caps were recovered during the 1999 excavations at Second Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The first type , found in the Enlisted Men’s Quarters, is a cap with ribbed or corrugated sides known…

Running Deer

September 19, 2019

This petroglyph of a mammal, possibly a running deer, is from the Running Deer site in Juneau County, Wisconsin.  No cultural materials have been found at the site, so an age for the creation of the petroglyph cannot be determined.

Sanford Archaeological District – Pipestone Pipe Bowl

September 12, 2019

An almost complete pipe bowl fragment of deep red pipestone was found during excavations in the early 2000s at the Sanford Archaeological District in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The front of the bowl is intact, as are portions of the sides.…

Second Fort Crawford – Champagne Bottle

August 22, 2019

At least 23 alcohol-related glass vessels (wine, ale or porter, whiskey bottles, champagne, or spirit bottles or flasks) were recovered during the 1999 Second Fort Crawford excavations in Prairie du Chien.  Pictured is a complete champagne bottle found at the…

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…