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Human Burials, Mounds and Cemeteries

Tuttle cemetery with flag, mound at sunset at Aztalan State Park.

Human Burials, Mounds and Cemeteries and State Law

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

Moving human burials should only be undertaken as a last resort. Read these articles to learn the procedures to follow.

Protecting Burial Sites

Though State law protects all human burial sites, older burial sites and mounds are sometimes damaged. Learn what you can do to help protect them.

Burial Sites Catalog

This catalog lists human burial sites with known locations and a certainty or likelihood that human remains are present.

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Discovery of Human Remains

Have you been digging and found a bone? By State law, all discoveries of suspected human bone must be reported immediately. Stop, call your local police, do not move or handle the remains, and read our instructions below.

For Archaeologists and Consultants

Are you a member of the archaeological community? Find information, guides and forms to assist you with preservation laws and resources.

Home Burials

Has a relative asked to be buried on their farm or homestead? Are you interested in being buried on property that you own? Learn how to establish a home burial.

Have Questions?

Contact Kim Cook by phone at 608-264-6493 or by email below for questions about human burials, mounds and cemeteries.