Facts and Fictions: Effigy Mound Builders and their Cemeteries in Wisconsin
Effigy mounds (earthen mounds in the recognizable shape of animals) were constructed throughout what is today the southern half of Wisconsin during a relatively short window of time between approximately AD 700 and AD 1000. Because these enigmatic earthworks are so visible they have been the focus of speculation as well as amateur and professional archaeological investigation for over 150 years. Unfortunately, early misconceptions of what the mounds are, what is inside the mounds and who made them have continued to carry forward into the present making it difficult for most people to sort out the facts from the fiction. This talk will address those misconceptions head-on with archaeological evidence and anthropological research in hopes of lying to rest old ideas that are no longer supportable. After the presentation, participants are welcome to walk the north shore on a guided tour of the mounds. Meet at the Rock Elm Shelter.