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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.

Historical Essay

Hopewellian Human Figurine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Human figurine fragment made of non-tempered, smoothed clay, c. 100 - 200 A.D., found at Pine River site, Richland County, WI (Museum object #2004.5.1)

Date: 2014-08-03 

Description: Underwater view of an archeologist surveying the site of the sunken "Milwaukee." The archeologist is swimming over a measuring tape, which runs from the sh...

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

Photograph

"Appomattox"

Date: 2007-08 

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

Classroom Material

Archaeology Activity Boxes

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

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: 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

Oldest Toast in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Charred bread slices recovered from the Alden's Corners archaeological site in Dane County, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2002.211.1,3,5)

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.

Date: 1935-05-31 

Description: Students digging into a bird effigy mound on the University of Wisconsin campus on May 31 through June 1, 1935.

Photograph

Intaglio Effigy

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: View of an Indian intaglio effigy, the only one still in existence in Wisconsin. The effigy is in the shape of a panther. There is a car on the road in the...

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: 1936 ca.

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

Photograph

Turtle Mound

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Description: View from roof of Forked tail turtle mound on grounds of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

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: 1910 ca.

Description: Cyanotype print of the interior of the Geology Museum in Science Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. View towards corner of a room with win...

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)

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)

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Description: Vernon and Cathrine Steger proudly display a lifetime collection of Native American artifacts found on their farm.

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