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Date: 1927-03-11 

Description: Ali Bacha looking south. Three indigenous men work on an archaeological excavation in Algeria, Africa. On the left a man examines material in a wheelbarrow...

Photograph

Copper Pike

Date: 1936 ca.

Description: Hammered copper pike found with prehistoric bison bones.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Hammered copper pike from Interstate Park Bison site, Polk County, Wisconsin, c. 1000-4000 B.C. (Museum object #1956.3099)

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)

Date: 1936 ca.

Description: A group of well-dressed men gather at the digging site at Interstate Park.

Photograph

Intaglio

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: View of Intaglio, the only one still in existence in Wisconsin. There is a car on the road in the background.

Photograph

Bison Bones

Date: 1936-10-09 ca.

Description: Bones of a bison still in the earth as found.

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...

Date: 1936 ca.

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

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

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.

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Description: Tent covering the excavation site of the bones of extinct bison. Milo Mickelson and Lester Giesler stand in the doorway of the tent.

Photograph

Jaw Bone

Date: 1936 ca.

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

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)

Date: 1915-05-04 

Description: Elevated view of a double water spirit effigy mound 4 miles south of Stockbridge near Appleton. The spirit has no head but the necks unite.

Photograph

Logan Museum Truck

Date: 1929-03-31 

Description: Logan Museum truck in the oasis of Feriana, Tunisia. The road is lined with large fleshy cactus and trees. A person is sitting in the driver's seat of the...

Date: 1838-07 

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

Historical Essay

First Peoples

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

Photograph

Turtle Effigy Mound

Date:  

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

Date: 1927 

Description: A man holds the broken end of a giant prehistoric ox horn next to the rest of the horns and partial skull to show the size. It is noted that they measured...

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