Are mounds currently protected from disturbance?
Mounds are considered to be human burial sites and are protected on all non-federal lands in the state by Wisconsin’s Burial Sites Preservation law (Wis. Stats 157.70) and Wisconsin’s Field Archaeology Act (Wis. Stats 44.47). On Federal or Tribal lands, burials sites are protected by the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Professional ethics in the archaeological community continue to evolve. Most archaeologists now assert that mound sites that are not directly threatened should be left intact for future generations. This allows for the application of yet-to-be developed technologies that may allow for better recovery of data and in the end, better interpretations of the past. Archaeological research on public lands requires a special permit from the Wisconsin Historical Society. Collecting artifacts on public property without a permit is not allowed. < Previous Page Read these archaeology reports for a more detailed