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Wisconsin is the ancient burial and effigy mound capital of North America. There were once many thousands of these earthworks - From Ixonia to Wautoma, the banks of the Kinnickinnick River in old Milwaukee to Oconto, Whitewater to La Crosse, by lake shore and riverbank. They are the work of successive native cultures, created over a long period of time – roughly 1st century BC to 1200 AD. As the state became settled by European immigrants in the 1800’s, a great number of these earthworks were leveled and plowed over to make way for homes and farm fields. At the same time, farmers, amateur historians and treasure hunters began to plunder and explore the mounds. They were not archeologists. However,  the remnants of the far removed, alien culture they found in the earth both challenged and excited their imaginations. Sensational reports about