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Aztalan in Jefferson County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Social Organization

Aztalan National Historic Landmark

 
 
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By Devon Polzar, 2021
1. Social Organization Marker
Inscription.  Specialized crafts, extensive trade networks, and construction of large structures (stockades and mounds) demonstrates a high degree of social organization and complexity.

Aztalan's layout, with communal structures atop the Northeast and Southwest Platform Mounds and a distinct residential area where the majority of the population lived and worked, reflects the community members' varied social functions and status. Differences in clothing types, adornment, and use of symbols reinforced these class distinctions.

Treatment of the dead, with certain members buried in mounds and others buried in non-mound contexts, again reflects a prevailing social hierarchy. The plaza provided a shared space where elite and lay villagers interacted in communal and ritual activities.

Photo caption: At Cahokia, a member of the Mississippian elite and his retinue welcome the rising sun, ever a symbol of renewal and rebirth.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans.
 
Location. 43° 3.914′ N, 88° 51.725′ W. Marker
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is in Aztalan, Wisconsin, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from County Road Q. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: N6200 County Road Q, Jefferson WI 53549, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Appearance and Manner of Dress (within shouting distance of this marker); Leisure Activities (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Prehistoric Pottery (about 400 feet away); Occupation and Abandonment (about 500 feet away); Platform Mounds (about 500 feet away); Conical Mounds (about 600 feet away); House Structures (about 600 feet away); Other Artifacts (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aztalan.
 
More about this marker. The marker is along the trail that runs throughout Aztalan State Park and is just north of the Southwest Mound.
 
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By Devon Polzar, 2021
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2021, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2021, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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