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

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.

Learn more about this list of known human burial sites in Wisconsin.

Date: 1913 

Description: One of the large burial mounds of the Outlet mound group on the former Hoyt property at the foot of Lake Monona.

Historical Essay

Cast Iron Effigy Mound Model

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Cast iron Wisconsin effigy mound model in the shape of a "trunk and arms of a man", designed by Increase A. Lapham, c. 1875. (Museum object #1975.8.12)

For Properties with Burial Sites

Learn the steps to nagivate the application process to get a tax exemption under Wisconsin burial sites law.

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: Historic site marker to commemorate Man Mound and to mark Man Mound Park. The inscription reads "Man Mound Park. Mound located and platted by W.H. Canfie...

Date: 1933 

Description: Blue print and blue line print maps that show local streets, Nakoma Country Club, part of Lake Forest, and part of Lake Wingra. A legend is included that s...

Date: 1913 

Description: Ink and watercolor on tracing cloth. Shows parts of Green Lake, Princeton, and Brooklyn townships, Indian mound groups, Green Lake, and other significant...

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: A linear burial mound and historic marker at the University Ridge mound group on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The mound group was eventually...

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.

Date: 1910-07-29 

Description: Miss Pauline Buell removes an American flag from the Vilas Circle Bear Mound following the unveiling of a historic tablet on July 29, 1910.

Map or Atlas

Baraboo Map

Date:  date unknown

Description: Map of Baraboo and its surrounding showing the ancient mound city, the water power, and thoroughfares drawn by William H. Canfield. Canfield includes sketc...

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

Date: 1938 

Description: A field party lead by Charles E. Brown prepare to excavate the Heim effigy mound. The effigy, shaped like a fox or wolf, has been outlined by stakes. The m...

Date: 1906-12-28 

Description: Newspaper article about the purchase of land for a park related to Man Mound in Sauk County accompanied by a line drawing of the mound. Article clipped fro...

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Description: View of a rock with an engraved plate reading, "Group of prehistoric Indian burial mounds and Winnebago village site. Marked by the Delavan Woman's Club -...

Photograph

Man Mound

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Description: Elevated view of Man Mound outlined in chalk looking south. A road bisects the legs of the effigy mound. A small building can be seen at left in the foregr...

Photograph

Aztalan State Park

Date: 1945 ca.

Description: Field prior to the park's reconstruction, with a fence in the foreground.

Date:  date unknown

Description: This map is pen-and-ink on tracing paper with a mounted legend and shows the Kickapoo River, Indian mounds, the 1st Fort Crawford, an Indian Agency, the si...

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