MVAC Artifact Show March 2

MVAC archaeologists Kathy Stevenson and Joe Tiffany identify artifacts

From left, MVAC archaeologists Kathy Stevenson and Joe Tiffany identify artifacts at the 2012 Artifact Show.

Local collectors and UW-La Crosse archaeologists will display artifacts they’ve uncovered in the Coulee Region during the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center Annual Artifact Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Valley View Mall.

Archaeologists will be on hand to identify artifacts. The public is welcome to bring arrowheads, pottery and other items they’ve unearthed to find out how old they are. The artifacts at the show typically date back about 600 to 10,000 years and are remnants of the Paleo through Oneota cultures.

Oneota pottery

Oneota pottery from the Valley View archaeological site.

If an artifact is discovered on someone’s property, it belongs to that person. While some local artifact collectors keep their finds, others turn them over to MVAC to preserve and display. Visitors are welcome to visit the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, located in the archaeology building at UW-L, throughout the year. Visit the MVAC website for center hours and upcoming events.

To display artifacts at the March 2 show, call MVAC at 608.785.8454, or email The artifact show is funded in part by a grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation Richard W. Brown Family Fund.

Donations to MVAC support community programming

Events such as the artifact show are supported, in large part, by donations. The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center recently received a $4,500 grant from the La Crosse Foundation Richard W. Brown Family Fund for educational and outreach. In addition to supporting the artifact show, the grant will go toward community programming this year such as: school and community presentations, the volunteer field survey, summer youth classes, public field school and MVAC’s annual lecture series.

“The amount of public outreach and education MVAC conducts couldn’t happen without donations like these,” says Bonnie Jancik, MVAC director of public outreach.

MVAC also received an additional $500 from the Camille A. Lonstorf Trust and $3,000 from an anonymous donor to support MVAC’s education endowment.

“In an economic climate such as this, donations to the endowment fund are all the more important because they help support all these activities,” says Jancik.

If you go—

What: MVAC artifact show
Where: Valley View Mall, La Crosse
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2
Admission: Free