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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Oneota Garbage Pit

May 25, 2017

Oneota garbage pitThis 500 year old Oneota garbage pit represents a time capsule in which all of the materials were dumped within a short period, perhaps as short as one week. The pit contains broken pottery, flakes, a turtle shell, mussel shells and other artifacts. A volunteer is excavating one level of the feature, using trowels, picks, brushes, and bagging samples of soil for flotation.  The garbage pit was excavated in the early 1990s from a site in the La Crosse area.