Man Mound

Sauk County Wisconsin

On Thursday evening, April 23rd, 2015, a crew from the International Crane Foundation burned the grass on the Man Mound. Yearly burning and seeding of the mound's surface is being done to transition the mound from lawn grass and weeds to short native prairie gasses.

 
  1880s Photo - Note the road had cut off the legs at that time already

1880s Photo - Note the road had cut off the legs at that time already

  2014 - Archaeological students from the U.W. Baraboo, dig. The dig is outside the location where the feet once lay. The ground had been plowed too many times, and no artifacts were found.

2014 - Archaeological students from the U.W. Baraboo, dig. The dig is outside the location where the feet once lay. The ground had been plowed too many times, and no artifacts were found.

While strolling alongside the huge figure, one can only marvel at the patience and diligence of these primitive peoples. Earth in immense quantities was carried and packed into shape. Taking into account the natural settling of the earth over the centuries, one can only guess at how high the mound must have been originally In all probability, the earth was carried to the site in baskets, and the labor must have taken the entire work of the tribe for weeks, even months, to make a figure of such proportions Most of the mounds found are nowhere so large, leading to the supposition that the Man Mound was the effigy of a far more powerful God than the others.

Man of earth, what secrets do you hold?

What were they like, those builders of old?

Did you share their dreams, or were you part

Of a Fear that clutched at every heart?

Were you a kind God, did you love

Your children, looking down from above?

Or are you seen in striding pose

As you struck terror with your blows?

Man of earth, what secrets do you hold?

What were they like, those builders of old?

Arleen Hoege