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The second scholarly attempt to map and explain the mounds (1842)

Description of ancient remains, animal mounds, and embankments, principally in the counties of Grant, Iowa, and Richland, in Wisconsin Territory


Until Increase Lapham's book-length study appeared a decade later, this article by Stephen Taylor was the most thorough essay on Wisconsin mounds. Although devoted largely to a remarkable group of effigy mounds near Muscoda, on the Wisconsin River in Grant County, it also described and mapped Aztalan before that site was disfigured by white settlers. Taylor carefully measured and drew the mounds he visited, and his account is the only surviving information about some that have since been destroyed.

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Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
Mississippian Culture and Aztalan
Effigy Mounds Culture
Creator: Taylor, Stephen, 1805-1877.
Pub Data: American Journal of Science, vol. 44 (1842): 21-40
Citation: Taylor, Stephen. "Description of ancient remains, animal mounds, and embankments: principally in the counties of Grant, Iowa, and Richland, in Wisconsin Territory." American Journal of Science, vol. 44 (1842): 21-40; Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=725; Visited on: 4/16/2014
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