American Indian Burial Mounds / Burial Sites Preservation Program


(608) 264-6535 -- General Information & Headquarters Office
(608) 264-6507 -- Burial Sites Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society
(800) 342-7834 -- Toll free, in Wisconsin only

Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Room 311
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706-1482

All prehistoric and historic Native American mounds and cemeteries, and historic European American cemeteries serve as unique and tangible links to our past. The Burial Sites Preservation Program advocates to protect all known and unknown human burials, so future generations will be able to explore family or community histories and expand their knowledge of their past.

Call the Burial Sites Preservation Office at 608-264-6493 to request a map or learn more about mound preservation.

About The Burial Sites Preservation Program-

All human burial sites, including cemeteries and Indian mounds, are protected under state law Section 157.70 Wisconsin Statutes. The laws apply to both public and private lands. Owners of burial sites may receive property tax exemptions. The law is administered by the WHS Burial Sites Program.

These 1000 year old effigy and burial mounds invite discussion of the woodland Indians that built them and of the woodlands and wetlands that provided these early Americans their sustenance. Scheduled as a 1.5 hour tour.

For more information on the burial mounds in the campus area and their locations, please see the record on American Indian Burial Mounds on Campus.

Additional information is available in this brochure (.pdf) "Native American Mounds in Madison and Dane County," a Madison Heritage Publication, written by Robert A. Birmingham and Katherine H. Rankin, published by City of Madison and Native American Center in 1994. (From City of Madison Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development web site:

Keywords:American Indian Burial Mounds Mound Bury Grave Cemetery Cemeteries Effigy   Doc ID:11285
Owner:Geoff M.Group:Campus and Visitor Relations
Created:2009-06-21 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-02-08 10:20 CDT
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