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Underwater Archaeology

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

Date: 2007-07-16 

Description: Underwater view of two archaeologists surveying and investigating the bow of the "Rouse Simmons" (also known as the Christmas Tree ship). One person is swi...

Date: 1896 

Description: A group photograph of Violet Lee Dousman (back row, 3rd from left) and her fellow travelers, guides and Egyptians on a trip to Giza, Egypt. Five people are...

Photograph

Jaw Bone

Date: 1936 ca.

Description: The jaw bone of a bison as found in the earth.

Date: 1944-07-16 

Description: Dr. Albert Goetze, professor of Assyriology at Yale University, examining 4000 year old Sumarian cuneiform tablets from the Wisconsin State Historical Soci...

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Description: View of a rock with an engraved plate reading, "Group of prehistoric Indian burial mounds and Winnebago village site. Marked by the Delavan Woman's Club -...

Date: 1911-06 

Description: A field party of members of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society visit an effigy mound at Big Bend. The men are dressed in suits and hats.

Historical Essay

First Peoples

The History of Paleo-Indians in Wisconsin

Learn about the Paleo-Indians who first inhabited the Wisconsin territory and the archaeological excavations that have revealed their culture.

Date: 2014-08-15 

Description: Underwater view of two archaeologists measuring and surveying the site of the "Success." Much of the ship remains buried under sand.

Historical Essay

Oneota Ceramic Vessel

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Decorated shell-tempered pot from the OT site (47-LC-0262), 1500-1625. (Museum object #1995.218.39)

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

Wisconsin Historical Museum Field Trip

Take a field trip to the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison! Students will learn about Wisconsin archaeology, the fur trade, and native people.

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Description: Five examples of typical Wisconsin flint weapon points found at Interstate Park.

Date: 1936 ca.

Description: The jaw bone of Bison Occidentalis in the peat pit at Interstate Park.

Date: 1936 ca.

Description: Two men seated inside a tent at the digging site at Interstate Park.

Historical Essay

Lice Comb from Fort Crawford

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Bone lice comb from site of first Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, 1816-1829. (Museum object #1997.62.11941)

Date: 2014-09-26 

Description: Underwater view of an archaeologist surveying the bilge pump of the "Success." The pump is resting in a bed of sand towards the stern of the ship. Text on...

Date: 2006 

Description: Underwater view of a propeller located off of the "Appomattox" wreck site, near Shorewood, in Lake Michigan. The diver is Kimm Stabelfeldt.

Photograph

Linear Mounds

Date: 1905-08 

Description: A visitor takes in the sight of three linear burial mounds at the Sure-Johnson mound group south of McFarland, Wisconsin.

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Description: Thunderbird petroglyphs carved on rock face at Twin Bluffs.

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