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Human Burials, Mounds and Cemeteries

Learn about the laws that protect burial sites and Native American mounds, tax exemptions for landowners, and what to do if you find human remains.
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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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Landowner's Rights and Responsibilities

For Properties with Human Burial Sites
Do you own a human burial site in Wisconsin? Learn about your rights and responsibilities under state law.
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What to Do If You Find Human Remains

Don't panic! Stop what you are doing and read this article. The Wisconsin Historical Society can help.
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How to Catalog a Burial Site on Your Property

Want to protect a burial site and lower your property taxes at the same time? Find out how.
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How to Appeal a Decision About Projects on a Burial Site

Your Rights Under Wisconsin State Law
Are you unhappy about a decision to move or protect a human burial site? Find out the process to request an appeal.
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How to Submit a Request to Disturb a Burial Site

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.
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What is the Wisconsin Burial Sites Catalog?

Learn more about this list of known human burial sites in Wisconsin.
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How to Apply for a Human Burial Site Tax Exemption

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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Working or Building Within a Human Burial Site

Read this information before planning a project inside a cemetery or mound group.
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What is the Difference Between a Cataloged and Uncataloged Burial Site?

Learn how cataloged human burial sites in Wisconsin are given greater protection under Wisconsin State Law
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Benefits of Cataloging a Burial Site

Learn about the benefits of cataloging a human burial site, from property tax exemptions to membership on the Registry of Interested Persons.
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How to Protect a Burial Site or Cemetery

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.
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Case Study: Owner's Property Has Burial Sites

Learn how this landowner turned burial sites on his land into an asset.
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Case Study: Property Owner Finds a Bone

Learn how this landowner handled the discovery of human remains on her property.
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How to Report a Disturbance to a Burial Site

What to do if you notice a human burial site being destroyed or damaged.
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What is the Registry of Interested Persons?

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.
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Neglected and Abandoned Cemeteries

What to do if You Think a Cemetery is Not Being Properly Maintained
Are you concered about an overgrown or neglected cemetery? Learn what you can do to help.
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Municipal and Town Governments and Burial Sites

Learn about the procedures for handling publicly-owned or abandoned burial sites.
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Current Guidelines for Archaeologists Working within Burial Sites

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

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