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Date: 1945 ca.

Description: Field with contours, and two mounds.

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...

Photograph

Turtle Effigy Mound

Date:  

Description: A turtle effigy mound on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, outlined by melting snow.

Photograph

Aztalan State Park

Date: 1945 ca.

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

Photograph

Eagle Effigy Mound

Date: 1910-07-30 

Description: Group of people standing on an eagle effigy mound on State Hospital grounds.

Date: 1923 

Description: A man in the distance stands on a mound, which is part of a group of mounds near the Fox River. Many artifacts including arrowheads and human bones have be...

Date: 2009 

Description: Watercolor of a Native American burial site. Generalized cross-section and stratigraphy of a typical Late Woodland effigy mound in Wisconsin.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Oval burial mound at the T. Lewis Mound group in what is now Indian Mounds Park.

Date: 1919 

Description: Narrow red lines show principal secondary highways. Green circles shows points of historical interest. Green triangles show Indian mounds and Indian villag...

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.

Date: 1919 

Description: Elevated view of a four-footed American Indian effigy mound on the grounds of the Mendota State Hospital (Mendota Mental Health Institute).

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

Photograph

Aztalan State Park

Date:  

Description: View of Aztalan State Park site when it was called Aztalan Mound Park.

Date: 1864 ca.

Description: This map is pen and pencil on paper and shows a profile of the Blue Mound and East Blue Mound.

A Guide for Archaeologists

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

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)

Date: 1844 

Description: Part of a series of local maps, showing a number of burial mounds in the shape of animals near Madison, Wisconsin along military road. The maps also show d...

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Elevated view of a double-tailed turtle effigy mound on Observatory Hill on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Photograph

Turtle Mound

Date:  

Description: View from roof of Forked tail turtle mound on grounds of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Date:  date unknown

Description: A large burial mound near the south side of Governor Nelson State Park.

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