Visit Effigy Mounds in Iowa for an adventure down memory lane

Throughout the American Midwest, prehistoric cultures of the forests constructed impressive mound complexes for thousands of years, but effigy mounds are relatively rare. Not so at Effigy Mounds National Monument in eastern Iowa.

An effigy mound is a raised pile of earth whose shape recalls or symbolizes an animal, person or other figures. Most of the mounds created by the mound-building cultures of North America were built for ceremonial or funerary purposes and often took the form of cones or walls. Cultures in this region surrounding southern Wisconsin specialized in building effigy mounds. Today we call the culture that built them the Effigy Moundbuilders.

To make the most of your journey through history, check the park’s website for a calendar of events. Guided tours offer more information about the mounds and interpret the lives of the Effigy Moundbuilders.

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Address: Effigy Mounds National Monument, 151 IA-76, Harpers Ferry, IA 52146, USA

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