At least two new burial mounds added to PA in Wisconsin

At least two domed-shaped Indian mounds - estimated to be about 2,000 years old - have been added to a larger protected area of burial sites along the Wisconsin River.

The Natural Heritage Land Trust and Ho-Chunk Nation purchased about 3 acres adjacent to the Kingsley Bend Mound Group south of Wisconsin Dells from a private land owner for $22,800. The purchase was finalized last week.

The mound group includes about a dozen dome-shaped mounds and six linear mounds, in addition to bear, panther and bird-shaped burial sites.

The large domed-shaped mounds are "encircled by earthen birds that swoop toward the Wisconsin River and bear shaped mounds that prowl along the ridges," state archaeologist John Broihahn said in a news release.

The idea is to "try to put the whole cultural landscape back together," he said of the additional 3 acres. "You have this really beautifully crafted and sculptured natural landscape."

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