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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...

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

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Early Paleo-Indian fluted spear point found in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and made between 12,000 B.C. and 8,000 B.C. (Museum object #1985.2)

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...

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

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...

Photograph

Bear Effigy Mound

Date:  date unknown

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

Date: 1851 

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

Underwater Archaeology

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

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

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: 1930-04-15 

Description: Outdoor group portrait of the Logan African Expedition, Berriche, Algeria. Six men and a toddler crouch or kneel in the foreground. Behind them men, and on...

Date: 1948-08-10 

Description: Mike Mansfield is looking at old Indian bones uncovered by road digging machinery that cut into the edge of a mound across from his house in Frost Woods wh...

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...

Photograph

Camp at El Kantara

Date: 1930 

Description: The camp at El Kantara, Algeria. In the foreground, members of the expedition are sleeping on pallets, under blankets. Just beyond the sleepers are two tru...

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,...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Stereograph view of an exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum. The exhibit features dinosaur bones and a preserved fish.

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: 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

Indian Petroglyphs

Date: 1960 ca.

Description: Norb Bybee shoots a self-portrait with his camera of petroglyphs that are carved in the face of a rock shelter near Gullikson's Glen.

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