Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - Indian Mounds of Wisconsin by Robert A. Birmingham

More mounds were built by ancient Native American societies in Wisconsin than in any other region of North America--between 15,000 and 20,000 mounds, at least 4,000 of which remain today. Most impressive are the effigy mounds, huge earthworks sculpted into the shapes of birds, animals, and other forms, not found anywhere else in the world in such concentrations. This book, written for general readers but incorporating the most recent research, offers a comprehensive overview of these intriguing earthworks and answers the questions, Who built the mounds? When and why were they built?The archaeological record indicates that most ancient societies in the upper Midwest built mounds of various kinds sometime between about 800 B.C. and A.D. 1200; the effigy mounds were probably built between A.D. 800 and A.D. 1200. Using evidence drawn from archaeology, ethnography, ethnohistory, the traditions and beliefs of present-day Native Americans in the Midwest, and recent research and theories of other archaeologists, Birmingham and Eisenberg present an important new interpretation of the effigy mound groups as "cosmological maps" that model ancient belief systems and social relations. It is likely that the distant ancestors of several present-day Native American groups were among the mound-building societies, in part because these groups current clan structures and beliefs are similar to the symbolism represented in the effigy mounds.Indian Mounds of Wisconsin includes a travel guide to sites that can be visited by the public, including many in state, county, and local parks."

Buy Indian Mounds of Wisconsin by Robert A. Birmingham from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780299168742
ISBN-10: 0299168743
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: University of Wisconsin Press
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - Indian Mounds of Wisconsin by Robert A. Birmingham

Book Reviews - Indian Mounds of Wisconsin by Robert A. Birmingham

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Indian Mounds of Wisconsin book by Robert A. Birmingham and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Robert A. Birmingham

Robert A. Birmingham is the state archaeologist in the Division of Historic Preservation and Leslie E. Eisenberg is a forensic anthropologist and coordinator of the Burial Sites Preservation Program, both at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.