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Site Snippets

Samuel’s Cave – Human

December 19, 2019

Here’s a cool picture of a petroglyph from Samuel’s Cave near La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Link to find out more about Samuel’s Cave.

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…

Sanford Archaeological District – 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…

Sanford Archaeological District – 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…

Gullickson – Deer #2

November 7, 2019

Petroglyph (rock carving) of a deer from Gullickson’s Glenn in Jackson County, Wisconsin.  Gullickson’s Glen is a small overhanging rock shelter located in the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin.  Petroglyphs at the site occur at the center and on either…

Sanford Archaeological District – 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…

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.…