Increase Lapham's scholarly book on Wisconsin's effigy mounds, 1855

The Antiquities of Wisconsin by I.A. Lapham

In 1849, Increase Lapham proposed to the American Antiquarian Society an extensive survey of ancient remains in Wisconsin. He carefully plotted and described the numerous evidences of Indian habitation, including Aztalan, before white settlement had destroyed many of Wisconsin's mounds. Lapham's work was published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1855, and was filled with maps, lithographs, and descriptions of the earthworks and mounds he located. The letters he wrote while researching it, including many written from the field at the end of the day's work, are presented elsewhere on the Turning Points site.

Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
Mississippian Culture and Aztalan
Effigy Mounds Culture
Creator: Lapham, Increase Allen
Pub Data: Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1855
Citation: Lapham, Increase Allen. The Antiquities of Wisconsin (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1855). Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 6/22/2018