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For Properties with Human Burial Sites

Do you own a human burial site in Wisconsin? Learn about your rights and responsibilities under state law.

Don't panic! Stop what you are doing and read this article. The Wisconsin Historical Society can help.

Want to know if there might be cemetery or Native American mound group on your property? The Society may have the answer

Learn about the benefits of cataloging a human burial site, from property tax exemptions to membership on the Registry of Interested Persons.

Want to protect a burial site and lower your property taxes at the same time? Find out how.

What You Can Do

Do you want to know how to protect a human burial site in Wisconsin? Learn several ways to preserve cemeteries and Native American mounds.

Your Rights Under Wisconsin State Law

Are you unhappy about a decision to move or protect a human burial site? Find out the process to request an appeal.

Working Within the Boundaries of Cemeteries and Mound Groups

Do you need to disturb a cemetery or mound group? Planning to build, plant, or work in a cemetery or Native American mound group? Read this first.

What laws affect home burial? Read this before you create a burial site on private property.

Learn how this landowner handled the discovery of human remains on her property.

Learn what the standards and expectations are for archaeologists working within Wisconsin's human burial sites.

Learn about the state and federal laws that protect burial sites, Native American mounds, and other places where human remains are buried.

A Guide for Archaeologists

Ensure you are complying with Wisconsin's burial sites laws.

Learn how cataloged human burial sites in Wisconsin are given greater protection under Wisconsin State Law

Who They Are and How to Join

Do you have an interest in protecting a particular cemetery or type of burial site? Learn why you should apply for the Registry of Interested Persons.

Read this information before planning a project inside a cemetery or mound group.

Learn how this landowner turned burial sites on his land into an asset.

Learn about the procedures for handling publicly-owned or abandoned burial sites.

Learn about current Wisconsin Historical Society guidelines for the documentation of human burial sites.

What to do if you notice a human burial site being destroyed or damaged.
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