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Historical Essay

First Peoples

The History of Paleo-Indians in Wisconsin

Learn about the Paleo-Indians who first inhabited the Wisconsin territory and the archaeological excavations that have revealed their culture.

The Genesis of Modern Wisconsin

Discovery the history of the Woodland and Middle Mississippean Indian cultures and their relationship to modern Wisconsin.

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.

Date: 1800 after

Description: This map on two sheets shows a group of ancient mounds near the southeast corner of the city of Beloit and a group of ancient mounds north of Rockton Stati...

A Guide for Archaeologists

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

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

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

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

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

Date:  date unknown

Description: Photographic postcard of three views from Aztalan State Park; Indian Mound at sunset, pottery, and a fence.

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: 1873 

Description: A map of the township of Primrose from the "Atlas of Dane County."

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

For Properties with Human Burial Sites

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

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

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.

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

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

Historical Essay

Hopewellian Human Figurine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Human figurine fragment made of non-tempered, smoothed clay, c. 100 - 200 A.D., found at Pine River site, Richland County, WI (Museum object #2004.5.1)

For Properties with Burial Sites

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