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

Platform Mounds

Aztalan National Historic Landmark

 
 
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Photographed By Devon Polzar, 2021
1. Platform Mounds Marker
Inscription.  Platform mounds (also called "pyramidal" or "flat-top" mounds) were typically built to support buildings. These buildings were religious or other specialized structures or homes for the elite members of Mississippian society. Platform mounds were built in stages, each one having an accompanying structure.

Generally, these mounds are not associated with burials, although some do contain remains of high ranking community members. The northwest mound is an example of a platform mound that contained burials. This mound was constructed in three stages and, on the west side of the second stage, a special structure known as a "charnel house" was built.

Ten individuals were placed within this structure, upon a mat woven of bullrush. The remains of an additional individual were "bundled" with twisted cord. When the structure was completed, the building - with the deceased individuals inside - was burned. After this, a final layer of earth was placed over the burned structure and remains.

Photo caption (top left): The southwest mound showing classic, multi-terraced "platform" shape.

Photo caption (bottom left): The northwest
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Photographed By Devon Polzar, 2021
2. Platform Mounds Marker
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Photo caption (right): Burials associated with the northwest platform mound.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans.
 
Location. 43° 3.842′ N, 88° 51.664′ W. Marker 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. Occupation and Abandonment (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Conical Mounds (about 400 feet away); Social Organization (about 500 feet away); House Structures (about 600 feet away); Appearance and Manner of Dress (about 600 feet away); Leisure Activities (about 800 feet away); Prehistoric Pottery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Agriculture and Gathering (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aztalan.
 
More about this marker. The marker is along the main trail that runs throughout Aztalan State Park. The marker is east of the southwest mound.
 
Platform Mounds Marker with the Southwest Platform Mound behind it image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devon Polzar, 2021
3. Platform Mounds Marker with the Southwest Platform Mound behind it
Northwest Mound image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devon Polzar, 2021
4. Northwest Mound
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 8, 2021, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 8, 2021, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 8, 2022