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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Pipestone Pipe Stem

June 6, 2019

Pipestone StemIn 2006, a pipe stem made of red pipestone was found in an early 1830s to 1840s privy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. It does not appear to be Minnesota catlinite or Barron County pipestone, but rather seems to be some other type of red pipestone. This stem dates to postcontact times, as it does not look like other precontact pipes and does not have the horizontal interior striations characteristic of precontact pipes.