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

Indian Mounds

 
 
Indian Mounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, June 23, 2009
1. Indian Mounds Marker
Inscription. One of the several groups of prehistoric burial, linear and effigy mounds formerly located on the crest of the Monona-Wingra ridge. Several of these were surveyed by Increase A. Lapham, in 1850.

Village site was in the park below.

Marked for the Wisconsin Archaeological Society by W.W. Warner, 1914.
 
Erected 1914 by Wisconsin Archaeological Society.
 
Location. 43° 3.582′ N, 89° 24.51′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Erin Street and Wingra Street, on the left when traveling west on Erin Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53715, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vilas (approx. mile away); Bear (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bowen House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Larson House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Edward Klief Park (approx. half a mile away); Longfellow School (approx. half a mile away); Greenbush (approx. half a mile away); Panther Mound (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Indian Mounds. According to a 1996 survey by Robert A. Birmingham and Katherine H. Rankin entitled Native
Indian Mound Park image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, June 23, 2009
2. Indian Mound Park
American Mounds in Madison and Dane County
, "Overlooking the zoo at the corner of Erin and Wingra Streets is a Late Woodland mound group consisting of a bird effigy, a linear and six conicals. Two or three additional conicals and another bird have been destroyed. The plaque marking this group was dedicated in 1915 in a ceremony attended by representatives of twelve Native American tribes. Other mounds were once located below, on the grounds of the zoo proper. Most of Vilas Park was originally a marsh, providing a bounty of fish, birds, small game and wild rice to the mound builders."

According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, which designated the mounds, dating from 700-1200 A.D., as a landmark (no. 95) in 1990, "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
Indian Mounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 15, 2010
3. Indian Mounds Marker
With mounds in the background.
are considered sacred by modern Native Americans and should be treated with respect."
 
Also see . . .  Madison is an Indian mound capital. (related marker with links to other mound markers) (Submitted on July 24, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative Americans
 
Indian Mounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 15, 2010
4. Indian Mounds Marker
Another view.
Map of Indian Mounds Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Native American Mounds in Madison and Dane County, July 25, 2010
5. Map of Indian Mounds Marker Area
Black shading indicates existing mounds and grey shading shows lost mounds.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2009, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,977 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on October 15, 2010. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2009, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin.   3, 4. submitted on July 16, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   5. submitted on July 25, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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