Princess Burial Mound

Princess Burial Mound (HMNPV)

Location: Lake Mills, WI 53551 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 4.347', W 88° 51.715'

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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".
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Historical PeriodOther
Historical PlaceOther, Residential Community, Town
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Marker Number515
Year Placed2007
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 6:18pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 348414 N 4770542
Decimal Degrees43.07245000, -88.86191667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 4.347', W 88° 51.715'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 4' 20.8200" N, 88° 51' 42.9000" W
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Area Code(s)920
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near N6284 County Rd S, Lake Mills WI 53551, US
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