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Learn about how archaeologist explore underwater shipwrecks

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

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

Date: 2015-05-12 

Description: Underwater view of the bow of the "Pathfinder." Algae is growing along the sides, and clumps of sand are on the ship. A maritime archeologist is surveying...

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...

Learn how archaeological sites are protected in Wisconsin.

Date: 2006-08 

Description: Archaeological site plan of the schooner "Rouse Simmons." The wreck is drawn in great detail, showing the damage to the deck, along with the broken masts a...

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.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Archaeological overhead view site plan of the scow schooner "Success." Labels indicate various parts of the ship that remain and how much of the wreck rema...

Date: 1929 

Description: Outside the walls of Tebessa, in north eastern Algeria. Hills are in the far background.

Date: 1929 

Description: Ferrah stands in front of a tent in the Pond camp. Boxes used as tables, chairs and other camp supplies sit on the ground near the entrance and along the s...

Date: 2008-09-09 

Description: Underwater view of a scuba diver (an underwater archaeologist) shining a light on two liquor or water jugs that had been pulled out during the archaeologic...

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.

Date: 1896 

Description: A group photograph including Violet Lee Dousman (back row, 4th from left) and her fellow travelers on a trip to Egypt.

Date: 1838-07 

Description: A map diagram of Indian effigy mounds seven miles east of Blue Mounds in the Wisconsin Territory.

Date: 1879-06 

Description: Tracing of a cave petroglyph depicting a human figure wearing headgear. A club is depicted to the right of the figure.

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: 2005-06-10 

Description: Underwater view of an underwater archeologist investigating the drift pins of the "Louisiana." Algae and mussels are covering most of the wood of the ship.

Underwater Archaeology

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

Date: 1927-03-23 

Description: Ensemble of diggings at Ali Bacha. View looking downhill towards three men working on an archaeological excavation in Algeria, Africa. On the left an indig...

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