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Photograph

Jaw Bone

Date: 1936 ca.

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

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

Date: 1936 ca.

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

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: 1936 ca.

Description: Three men look over the process of uncovering bones of a bison in Interstate Park.

Photograph

Copper Pike

Date: 1936 ca.

Description: Hammered copper pike found with prehistoric bison bones.

Photograph

Sphinx de Gizeh

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: The Sphinx at Giza in Egypt. Three men are standing or sitting on the shoulder of the Sphinx, and several men are sitting in the shade below with two camel...

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Elevated view of a double-tailed turtle effigy mound on Observatory Hill on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

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...

Photograph

Workmen at Mechta

Date: 1927 ca.

Description: Workmen excavate at an archaeological site at Mechta. M. Bebruge is the man in the foreground. A man sitting on the ground in the background on the right i...

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...

Organizational Description

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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)

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

Bison Bones

Date: 1936-10-09 ca.

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

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...

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

Turtle Mound

Date:  

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

Historical Essay

Frontier Clay Pipe Fragment

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Clay pipe bowl found at Sheard Road site, Racine County, Wisconsin. (Museum object #1998.236.249)
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