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Learn about how archaeologist explore underwater shipwrecks

Photograph

Trench at Medfoun

Date: 1929 

Description: Men excavating a trench in the escargotiere (snail midden) at Medfoun. Brahim is in the trench and Shabane is standing with the shovel. A screen and piles...

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: 2005-06-10 

Description: Underwater view of an archeologist surveying the frames of the "Louisiana." Mussels and algae grow on the wood of the ship.

Photograph

"Appomattox"

Date: 2007-08 

Description: Underwater view of the "Apomattox's" floor keelsons near the bow.

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...

Photograph

Allée de Pyramides

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: View down road lined with trees in Egypt. A group of Egyptians are standing and sitting between the trees and the river, and travelers on the road are walk...

Learn how archaeological sites are protected in Wisconsin.

Date: 1936 ca.

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

Date: 2013-08-05 

Description: Underwater view of two archeologists surveying a portion of the "Lakeland." The divers are using cameras, with three or four strobes attached by an arm sys...

Date: 1851 

Description: Diagram of an effigy mound in the shape of a cross.

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.

Date: 1927-01-26 

Description: Alonzo Pond poses sitting and holding a pickaxe next to a block of earth showing the composition of the escargotiere (an old dump for domestic waste). Here...

Date: 1918-08 

Description: Man with a shovel standing in a ditch in front of two graves discovered on Bascom Hill during preparation to place the Abraham Lincoln monument circle. The...

Date: 1916 

Description: In 1916, it was estimated that 15,000 Indian mounds had formerly existed in Wisconsin. In the early 20th century, the Wisconsin Archaeological Society surv...

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: 1896 

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

Photograph

Turtle Effigy Mound

Date:  

Description: A turtle effigy mound on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, outlined by melting snow.

Underwater Archaeology

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