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Local archaeologists dig up history

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Excavators were digging up historical artifacts on Goose Island as a part of Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center’s open dig.

The MVAC crew found over 730 pieces of a pot in the ground as well as several other historical and local artifacts.

One of the diggers was future paleontologist Malana Kinstler from West Salem. She has been learning about the work that goes into excavating artifacts of all sizes.

“It’s pretty exciting because even the tiniest pieces can be really interesting,” Kinstler said.

Constance Arzigian was the senior archaeologist on site who said people have been living in the Coulee Region for more than 13,000 years. Since there have always been people and no glaciers, Southwestern Wisconsin is a prime digging spot.

Friday is the last day of field-work and archaeologists will catalog their findings and send them off to the lab.

Marcus Aarsvold

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