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Near Lake Mills in Jefferson County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Princess Burial Mound

 
 
Princess Burial Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
1. Princess Burial Mound Marker
Inscription. Ancient people built this mound to mark a young woman's grave. The mound was the last in a line that once bordered the western side of the ancient community of Aztalan and the only one that contained a burial. Her community placed the young woman on her back, hands at her sides, in a pit dug down to a natural layer of white sand. They carefully wrapped her body with three six-inch-wide and four-feet-long beaded belts placed at her shoulders, waist, and feet. Hundreds of disc-shaped beads made from local clamshell and tubular beads made from shells imported from the Gulf Coast adorned her belts. She was then covered with soil, a layer of white sand and a large mound of earth. Because of the ornate belts and careful placement of her remains, the interment has been referred to as the "Princess Burial".
 
Erected 2007 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 515.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.347′ N, 88° 51.715′ W. Marker is near Lake Mills, Wisconsin, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of County Highway Q and County Highway B, on the left when traveling south. Click for map
Princess Burial Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, October 21, 2010
2. Princess Burial Mound Marker
East side of two sided marker
. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Mills WI 53551, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mamre Moravian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Aztalan (within shouting distance of this marker); Aztalan Mound Park (approx. mile away); Aztalan (approx. mile away); Drumlins (approx. 1.1 miles away); In Service to Their Country (approx. 2.2 miles away); 94th Combat Infantry Division (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Island Church (approx. 6.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lake Mills.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative Americans
 
Princess Burial Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
3. Princess Burial Mound Marker
The burial mound is in the background.
Stone Princess Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
4. Stone Princess Mound Marker
This is a closeup of the stone on top of the burial mound.
 
 
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