Site #7: Tapering Mound #1

© Photographed July 19, 2015
Whitewater, Jefferson County, Wisconsin
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Site #7: Tapering Mound #1
This tapering mound is part of the linear type of mounds. It is easier to see the way these linear types could be pointing somewhere with the tapering mounds. They typically have one end wider and taper over the length of the mound. 

Think about this. How would you construct a mound with small hand tools such as animal bones, shells, rocks, or sticks? These people were not known to have modern inventions or shovels, backhoes, and earth movers. Add to your thoughts that this mound points very closely to true North and South. True North is more accurate than magnetic North and these people didn't have compasses, transits (a tool used in surveys) or GPS (Global Position System, which uses computers and satellites). We have yet to find all the possibilities of where these linear type mounds point to. Many times the mounds point to celestial events like the rising of a certain star, constellation, planet, or the sun on a certain day. This mound may use the Pole star, or the North star. This star doesn't move very much in the night sky because it is near the invisible axis line on which the Earth rotates or spins.

In 1920, this mound was measured at 22 feet wide and 198 feet long. The John/Stekal survey found its measurements to be 20 feet wide by 190 feet long.
The marker is located at Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve and is accessible from southbound South Indian Mound Parkway, south of its intersection with Old Highway 12 and at its T-intersection with Wildwood Road, at or near 288 South Indian Mound Parkway, Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190.

GazetteXtra (April 30, 2011): Whitewater hopes to restore historical effigy mounds

Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve Map (PDF)

Follow this path to the effigy mounds and markers.

The entrance to Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve.

The marker is located at the Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve.

The preserve is located inside the residential community
of Mound Park Acres in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

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