A team of archaeologists carefully searches a dig site near La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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Historical Essay

Lighthouses and Lifesaving

Underwater Archaeology

Learn about the importance of lighthouses on the shores of the Great Lakes

Underwater Archaeology

Learn about why there were so many shipwrecks in the 1800s off Wisconsin's shores.

Learn about how archaeologist explore underwater shipwrecks

Classroom Material

Archaeology Activity Boxes

With our archaeology activity boxes, students will learn using the same tools and techniques employed by archaeologists.

Learn how artifacts are conserved after they have been excavated from their underwater resting places

Borrow a traveling exhibit about community life in a Native American village 500 years ago.

A Middle Mississippian Settlement

Learn the history of Aztalan.

Classroom Material

The Sinking of the Lucerne

Interactive Resource, Historical Essay, Slide Show

Learn about how the Lucerne sank in the Chequamegon Bay in 1886

Inquire about in-person presentations by archaeologists from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
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