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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Sanford Archaeological District – Bone Whistle

April 23, 2020

Bone WhistleWhistles made from long bones of large birds (e.g., goose) are sometimes found at local Oneota sites. This short, heavily worked section of bird long bone can probably be classified as a whistle, although its form is unusual. The surface is polished and the two cut ends are smoothed; two oblong holes are cut on opposing sides of the shaft. Recovered during excavations in the early 2000s at the Sanford Archaeological District in La Crosse, Wisconsin.