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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Conical Mound

0 - 400 A.D.

 
 
Conical Mound Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, July 18, 2010
1. Conical Mound Marker
Inscription. This mound was constructed by a people of a hunting and gathering culture who met periodically at ceremonial grounds like this one to bury their dead.
 
Erected by Madison Landmarks Commission.
 
Location. 43° 4.816′ N, 89° 17.625′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from Meadowlark Drive 0.1 miles north of Woodvale Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is in the Elvehjem Sanctuary, which may be entered next to the house at 1229 Meadowlark Drive. Follow the path and take right turns at the first two "Y" intersections. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1221 Meadowlark Drive, Madison WI 53716, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boutell House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Alexander Smith House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hiestand School (approx. 1.5 miles away); Hiestand Park (approx. 1.5 miles away); Springhaven Pagoda (approx. 1.8 miles away); Nathaniel Dean Farmhouse (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Dean House / Nathaniel Dean (approx. 1.8 miles away); Monona’s Birthplace / Monona's History (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Conical Mound.
Conical Mound Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, April 24, 2011
2. Conical Mound Marker
According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "Wisconsin has the highest concentration of effigy mounds in the United States and the Madison area has one of the highest concentration of effigy mounds remaining. Most mounds were lost to 19th century agricultural practices and city development. The mound builders were farmers who also engaged in hunting and gathering. They lived in small villages and migrated from one to another based on the seasonal availability of natural resources. The mounds often, but not always, have burials associated with them, but their exact purpose is not entirely understood. Mounds tend to have been built in places with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The mounds are considered sacred by modern Native Americans and should be treated with respect."
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansNotable Places
 
Conical Mound Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, July 18, 2010
3. Conical Mound Marker
Conical Mound Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, April 24, 2011
4. Conical Mound
Conical Mound Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, April 24, 2011
5. Conical Mound
This is the only apparent mound in the area, though it is only a few feet high and has a depression in the middle. This mound is to the right of the marker.
Access to Conical Mound Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, July 18, 2010
6. Access to Conical Mound Marker
The Meadowlark Drive entrance to the Elvehjem (pronounced "LVM") Sanctuary.
 
 
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