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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Samuel’s Cave – Pictograph

July 12, 2016

PictographSamuel’s Cave is a naturally-formed rockshelter containing prehistoric petroglyphs (carvings) and pictographs (paintings) that probably date to the Oneota occupation of the La Crosse area, (ca. 1300 to 1600 A.D.).  Weather damage and vandalism have obliterated many but not all of the prehistoric figures.  This pictographic panel possibly portrays in abstract form, a variety of animal forms.