Mysterious Series of Mounds: Why did they build them?

© Photographed July 24, 2015
Sherwood, Calumet County, Wisconsin
44.1552,-88.295026
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Mysterious Series of Mounds:
Why did they build them?
Archaeologists speculate that people from the late Woodland period (1,000 to 1,500 years ago) built these bounds over may years, perhaps even hundreds of years. Current thinking suggests that the whole grouping of mounds had a broad meaning such as to indicate the territory of a family band, to mark important astronomical events or to communicate to a clan or ancestor. Some suggest they represented a ritual to honor the earth. In addition, each individual mound likely had its own spiritual meaning. This panther is thought to represent a water spirit. The panther is the most common and largest shape in this grouping of mounds.

The mounds on this trail are all that remain of the 27 mounds that once existed between here and the lookout tower. The mounds were destroyed by the quarry operation and other developments before the park's creation in 1957.
The marker is located along Effigy Mound Trail, located inside High Cliff State Park, located at N7630 State Park Road, Sherwood, Wisconsin 54169.

NOTE: The above GPS coordinates will take you to the Effigy Mound Trail parking lot, where the entrance to the trail is impossible to miss.

NOTE: High Cliff State Park is a fee area; you will either have to have a yearly pass, or pay the one-day entrance fee.

High Cliff State Park

Click here to see The Mounds of Effigy Mound Trail


This sign leads to the entrance to Indian Mounds Trail.

Effigy Mounds Trail is located at High Cliff State Park in Sherwood, Wisconsin.

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