Indian burial mounds

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Name
Indian burial mounds
Designer
Trempealeau Hopewell et al.
Date
200
Disciplines
  • Landscape Architecture

Nearly 2,000 years ago, the indigenous inhabitants of the Mississippi River valley near present day St. Paul began interring the remains of their dead in burial mounds along the riverbank. There were once about 37 mounds of various sizes, among the tallest in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In the 19th century, archeologists began unearthing remains and other artifacts from the site, this activity coupled with amateur “Sunday” excavations by the public, and the widening of the railroad yard just below the mounds destroyed much of these spectacular and sacred spaces. Today, Indian Mounds Regional Park features the remaining 6 prehistoric mounds.