Marker 515: Princess Burial Mound

© Photographed July 21, 2015 and August 12, 2013
Erected 2007 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin
43° 4.347′ N, 88° 51.715′ W
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PRINCESS BURIAL MOUND
Ancient people built this mound to mark a young woman's grave. The mound was the last in a line that once bordered the western side of the ancient community of Aztalan and the only one that contained a burial. Her community placed the young woman on her back, hands at her sides, in a pit dug down to a natural layer of white sand. They carefully wrapped her body with three six-inch-wide and four-feet-long beaded belts placed at her shoulders, waist, and feet. Hundreds of disc-shaped beads made from local clamshell and tubular beads made from shells imported from the Gulf Coast adorned her belts. She was then covered with soil, a layer of white sand and a large mound of earth. Because of the ornate belts and careful placement of her remains, the interment has been referred to as the "Princess Burial".
The marker is on the grounds of the Aztalan Museum, located at N6284 County Highway Q, at its intersection with County Highway B, Lake Mills, Wisconsin 53551.

Lake Mills Aztalan Historical Society Inc.


One of Aztalan's most famous and intriguing discoveries . . .

"We've only scratched the surface in unearthing the remains of an ancient people and one of our great cultural mysteries at Aztalan State Park." Natasha Kassulke

See also the following markers, also at this location:





The marker and mound are behind the visitor's center.


Another cool building, near the marker.

 The marker is located at the Lake Mills Aztalan Historic Society.

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