Until further notice, all meetings will be held virtually.
When: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Where: Google Meet (meet.google.com/jta-cmzn-tgn)
Cost: Free & Open to the Public
Excavation of the Lessard Site (47CR660) in Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin
Mississippi Valley Archaeological Center, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center (MVAC) at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse conducted Phase III archaeological excavations at 47CR660, the Lessard Site, in Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin. This was for a Department of Transportation bypass project. The Phase III investigations identified two adjacent rectangular limestone foundations, one dating from the early 1830s into the 1840s, and the other dating from the mid-to late 1840s into the 1860s. Diagnostic ceramics and bottles from the site helped determine the date range for each. Based on the architecture, types of material recovered, and deposition patterns, it is presumed that both foundations were privies. This lecture will discuss the history of the area, the site excavations, and some of the material cultural recovered.
Vicki Twinde-Javner is a Senior Research Archaeologist at the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Vicki has almost 30 years experience working in the Upper Midwest on various cultural resource projects. She works on both prehistoric and historic sites, including pre-Civil War military sites, and domestic/industrial sites.
December 2020: Mark Willis: Archaeology in 3D
May 2020: Christian Driver: The History of Settlers Park
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