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Historical Essay

First Peoples

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

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: 2009-08 

Description: Archaeological overhead view site plan of the schooner "Northerner." Labels indicate various parts of the ship that remain. On the left is a map scale and...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Archaeological overhead view site plan of the schooner "Pathfinder." Labels indicate various parts of the ship that remain, showing how much of the ship re...

Photograph

Skull at Mechta

Date: 1927 

Description: A skull at the bottom of a excavation at Mechta. A digging pick has been included to show scale.

Photograph

Bear Effigy Mound

Date:  date unknown

Description: Elevated view of bear effigy mound outlined in chalk at Lake Koshkonong.

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...

Historical Essay

Wisconsin's Spanish Currency

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Spanish Reale coin from the Alden's Corners Post Office Site in Dane County, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2002.211.8)

Date: 1926-11-12 

Description: Alonzo Pond and colleague, M. Debruge, pose for a photograph at Mechta. M. Debruge has a cigarette in a holder in his hand, and both men wear coats, hats,...

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

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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:  date unknown

Description: A large collection of fossils, owned by Thomas Greene, which are displayed in his home in glass-fronted wood shelves along the walls, and on top of a wood...

Photograph

Jaw Bone

Date: 1936 ca.

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

Date: 1879-06 

Description: Tracing of a petroglyph depicting an animal figure pursued by a human figure with a bow and arrow followed by a child.

Date: 1929 

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

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

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...

Date: 2015-06-22 

Description: Underwater view of the starboard side of the bow of the schooner "Home;" the site of the collision damage that sank the ship. The sampson post and windlass...

Help your students think like archaeologists with The Mammoth Mystery interactive resource.

Date: 1851 

Description: Map of a portion of Merton including the Bark River, a mill, Fort Hill, and Indian mounds.

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