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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center


Throwback Thursday – 1988 Midway Village Excavations

October 18, 2018

Throwback Thursday – during the summer of 1988, MVAC mounted an intensive salvage excavation project at the Midway Village, located north of La Crosse, Wisconsin.  With the cooperation of the landowner and the sand/gravel mining company it was possible to…

Throwback Thursday – Sand Lake Archaeological District 2009

August 2, 2018

Throwback Thursday – Look who just received his Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison!  Pictured is Geoffrey Ludvik recovering a pot sherd during 2009 MVAC Public/High School Field School excavations at the Sand Lake Archaeological District…

Throwback Thursday – Atlatl Mishap

March 29, 2018

A Throwback Thursday smile – In the past we introduced you to John and Otto Swennes, who found the mastodon ulna in Long Coulee. Now we’d like to tell you just how nice the Swennes boys were. In 2007 MVAC held…

Throwback Thursday – MVAC 1980s T-Shirt

December 28, 2017

Early MVAC t-shirt from the 1980s.  Bison image is based on a pictograph of a probable bison presented in Rev. Edward Brown’s 1879 article The Pictured Cave of La Crosse Valley in Wisconsin Historical Collections 8:174-183.  Link to the article.…

Throwback Thursday – MVAC Early Logo – Oneota Pot

November 2, 2017

This Oneota pot was used as MVAC’s logo for many years. It came from a site north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The inset shows the handle detail. Learn more about Oneota pottery and see 3D examples at:

Dahl Site – MVAC ROI 1

September 7, 2017

Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center’s first Reports of Investigation was completed on September 10, 1982.  The report, written by Robert Boszhardt and James Gallagher, describes investigations conducted by MVAC and the La Crosse Area Archaeological Society in spring 1982 at the…