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Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, May 05, 2018 to Saturday, May 05, 2018

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Facts and Fictions: Effigy Mound Builders and their Cemeteries in Wisconsin

799 days old

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Archeology, Culture Study, Educational Programs
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Effigy mounds (earthen mounds in the recognizable shape of animals) were constructed throughout what is today the southern half of Wisconsin during a relatively short window of time between approximately AD 700 and AD 1000. Because these enigmatic earthworks are so visible they have been the focus of speculation as well as amateur and professional archaeological investigation for over 150 years. Unfortunately, early misconceptions of what the mounds are, what is inside the mounds and who made them have continued to carry forward into the present making it difficult for most people to sort out the facts from the fiction. This talk will address those misconceptions head-on with archaeological evidence and anthropological research in hopes of lying to rest old ideas that are no longer supportable. After the presentation, participants are welcome to walk the north shore on a guided tour of the mounds. Meet at the Rock Elm Shelter.


Devil's Lake SP information

Founded in 1911, Devil's Lake is the third oldest state park in Wisconsin, the largest, and the most visited. Devil's Lake offers magnificent views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy swimming beaches, 29 miles of hiking trails, or ease into the backcountry solitude. Devil's Lake is a beautiful year-round park with an intriguing natural history along the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Mailing Address: S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913-9299

Note: Event dates and times are subject to change or cancellation. Please verify event status, dates and times prior to attendance. Some events, such as candlelight skis/hikes are very popular, and access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached.

Last revised: Friday, June 07, 2019