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Madison Snaps: November 21, 2007
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Mounds
Mounds
Credit:Dave Esmond

Today's image is titled Mounds and was photographed by Dave Esmond.

This photo shows a ground-level view of a linear mound in Goodland County Park. Found on the western shore of Lake Waubesa in the Town of Dunn, it is one of a group of four effigy mounds -- three linear and one conical -- that are collectively known as the Baum Mound Group. They are arrayed in a cluster, stretching primarily from a service road through the park towards the shore, and directly across the lake from others at Sigglekow Park and Indian Mound Park in McFarland. There are more views of the Baum mounds and several others in Dane and Rock counties in a photo set shot by Esmond.

Over the course of two millennia, Wisconsin's first residents built some 1,500 effigy mounds throughout the Four Lakes region. Though many were damaged or destroyed through construction and looting, some mounds were thankfully preserved over the course of the region's development. These are located in parks scattered throughout Dane County, as well as in several sites in the heart of Madison. A list and brief descriptions of these surviving mounds is provided in a supplement to the "Native Journeys" program, part of the Wisconsin Stories series on Wisconsin Public Television. More details and maps of these mounds can be found in a short book (pdf) co-published by the City of Madison and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

This is the latest entry of Madison Snaps: photos of Madison-area events and locations. The Isthmus group photo pool is the primary source for Madison Snaps, which are published here with the permission of individual contributors. If you are interested in having your photo eligible for Madison Snaps, please respond to the posting on the Flickr group page, or send a message. There is no compensation for Madison Snaps photos, which are © to the respective photographers.

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