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Sites Helpful with Effigy Mound Research

Wisconsin Historical Society –

WHS/”effigy mounds” –

Milwaukee Public Museum (scroll to bottom to access “Research & Collections”) –

Wisconsin Public Land Survey Records: Original Field Notes and Plat Maps –

Wisconsin Cartographer’s Office: Wisconsin Historic Aerial Image Finder – (Historic aerial photographs acquired by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 1937-1941)

UW Beloit & Logan Museum –

WI Geological & Natural History Survey –

Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) of Waverly, NY –


Mound site oriented

Wisconsin Mounds-

Madison Mounds – WI Historical society pamphlet pdf –

Madison Parks –

UW Madison Lakeshore Preserve –

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources –

Ancient Earthworks of Eastern North America –

Ancient Ohio Trail –

Minnesota’s Lost Effigy Mounds – (also good examples of maps overlayed onto modern aerial photos)


Friday, November 4, 2011, 6:00am

Wisconsin is known for many things: cheese, beer, and the Packers, just to name a few. According to Joy Cardin’s guest, Bob Birmingham, the state is also the center of effigy mound culture. He’ll describe the mystery behind the mounds, and why it’s important to learn about them.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 11:00am



Historical Books Online

Baraboo, Dells, and Devil’s Lake Region

With Maps and Illustrations By H. E. COLE Copyright 1920.


The Mound Builders by George Bryce (1844-1931)

A Lost Race Described by Dr. Bryce, President of the Historical Society. SEASON 1884-85  – Manitoba Free Press Print, Winnipeg.


Animal Carvings from Mounds of the Mississippi Valley

by Henry W. Henshaw (1850-1930)


The Problem of the Ohio Mounds by Thomas Cyrus (1825-1910)


Historic Waterways – Six Hundred Miles of Canoeing Down the Rock, Fox, and Wisconsin Rivers by Reuben Gold Thwaites (1853–1913)


Stories of the Badger State by Reuben Gold Thwaites (1853–1913)


The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents 1610 to 1791 – originally compiled and edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites


Father Marquette – Reuben Gold Thwaites (1902)


Wau-bun: the Early Day in the Northwest by Mrs. John H. Kinzie (1873)


Mound-Builders by Rev. William J. Smyth, M.A., B.Sc., Ph.D. (1886)


Burial Mounds of the Northern Sections of the United States by Cyrus Thomas.

This paper is a part of the Fifth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1883-1884


Mapping and Effigy Mounds

The Geospatial Revolution: Transforming How We Map Our World – Jim Lacy

Jim Lacy, the associate state cartographer in the Department of Geography at the UW-Madison, explains that geospatial technology refers to the tools, techniques, data, and skills used to inventory and analyze the relationship of people, places, and things in our world. Virtually all of the information that you share with people has some kind of geospatial tag.


Hasn’t Everything Been Mapped Already!?

Tanya Buckingham, President and Executive Director, North American Cartographic Information Society

Tanya Buckingham creates maps for people of all ages and for numerous publications. While researching thematic maps, Buckingham was surprised that many topics have not been mapped and that for some topics there was no data at all.


Old Maps, New Stories
Susan Krueger, Map Librarian, Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses ways maps can be used by genealogists, treasure hunters, historians, teachers, artists and hobby enthusiasts. Krueger explores how “outdated” maps can still be used and highlights various maps available at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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Video shows how to overlay an image onto Google Maps using Google Earth. –


Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (UW Ark.) parent site for geomagnetic imaging and more. –


Related Groups

(Please contact us at if you would like your group added or your info edited.)

(Most of this information was found at, the website for the Wisconsin State Historical Society).


Mid-America Geographic Foundation (MAGF) –


Hanwakan Center for Prehistoric Astronomy, Cosmology and Cultural Landscape –


Wisconsin Historical Society –


Wisconsin Archeological Society –

Milwaukee Area. Meets monthly during the academic year on the UW-Milwaukee campus and puts out journal “The Wisconsin Archeologist.”


Charles E. Brown Archaeological Society – South-Central Wisconsin

Meets monthly at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison during the academic year. Offers field trips and volunteer fieldwork opportunities to the public. Contact Amy Rosebrough at the Society to join.


Cultural Landscape Legacies

Cultural Landscape Legacies is a non-profit organization located in Muscoda, Wisconsin. Its goals include education, protection and preservation of the cultural heritage of the indigenous people of the upper Midwest. CLL offers volunteer and fieldwork opportunities and it meets quarterly, (second Friday of January, April, July, and October). Visit the Cultural Landscape Legacies website for more information or contact the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board at 608-739-3188 or 1-800-221-3792.


Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

La Crosse area. Non-profit organization with a focus on public education. Offers field trips, volunteer opportunities, and an annual Artifact Show. Meets semiannually. Contact MVAC at (608) 785-8463.


Friends of Aztalan State Park P.O. Box 885, Lake Mills, WI 53551

The Friends of Aztalan State Park is a volunteer membership organization that works to preserve Aztalan State Park through public education, outreach and maintenance actovities. It sponsors a variety of events throughout the year and has brought a new dynamism to the preservation of one of Wisconsin’ premiere heritage sites (414) 648-8774.


Kenosha Archaeological Society – Call Dan Joyce at the Kenosha Public Museum (262)653-4140 to join.


Central Wisconsin Archaeological Society Stevens Point – Wausau Area

Meets monthly during the academic year. Offers field trips and volunteer fieldwork opportunities. Call Rod Riggs at UW-Stevens Point (715) 346-4888.


Northern Lakes Archaeological Society – Superior – Duluth Area –


Robert Ritzenthaler Chapter, Wisconsin Archaeological Society Oshkosh Area

Meets monthly during the academic year. Contact Dr. Jeff Behm at the UW-Oshkosh 920-424-1365 to join.


Rock River Archaeological Society

Meets monthly during the academic year at DNR headquarters in Horicon. Call Bill Volkert at (920) 387-7877.


Three Rivers Archaeological Society (TRAS)

Meets the second Monday of every month except July and August at Godfrey Anthropology Building, Room 102, on the campus of Beloit College. The group is associated with the Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology and plans to seek affiliation with the Wisconsin Archeological Society. The Logan Museum of Anthropology hosts the monthly meetings. TRAS sponsors lectures, field trips, and opportunities to participate in archaeological field and lab work. The main focus of TRAS is the archaeology of the Wisconsin-Illinois stateline area, although lectures cover archaeology from around the world. For more information on monthly meetings, check the Logan Museum of Anthropology website or call the Logan Museum at 608-363-2119.


Wisconsin Rock Art Association

Deals with preservation and documentation of ancient rock art. Offers volunteer fieldwork opportunities. Call Cindi Stiles a the Nicolet National Forest (715) 369-3248 to join.


Wisconsin Underwater Archaeological Association

Offers volunteer fieldwork opportunities to interested divers.