Whistler Mound Group and Enclosure

Whistler Mound Group and Enclosure (HMBXG)

Location: Hancock, WI 54943 Waushara County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 7.655', W 89° 30.098'

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The Whistler Mound Group and Enclosure originally consisted of 70 conical or round burial mounds and a low, earthen double enclosure. The site has never been scientifically investigated so the exact date of construction is unknown. Archaeologists, however, believe that these mounds were constructed during the late period of mound building circa 650~1200 A.D.

Enclosures, like the one in the Whistler Mound Group, were once found throughout the northeastern United States. The functions of these structures is not known, but it is surmised that they define "sacred space" where special ceremonies were conducted. The Whistler enclosure is one of the few in Wisconsin to have escaped destruction by modern development.

Tragically, most mounds in Wisconsin have been destroyed. The remnants of the Whistler Mound Group and Enclosure are now protected by Wisconsin's burial law. The site was also listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number457
Year Placed2000
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 2:03pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 299862 N 4889086
Decimal Degrees44.12758333, -89.50163333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 7.655', W 89° 30.098'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 7' 39.30" N, 89° 30' 5.88" W
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Area Code(s)715, 608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3001 6th Ave, Hancock WI 54943, US
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