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More burial mounds still being discovered at national monument in Iowa






Bald eagles have found a home at the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. Photo from Facebook

The Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa keeps discovering new tribal sites.

Staff literally "stumbled" upon another mound last summer, the monument said on Facebook. Additional analysis confirmed the find, which lies near the Yellow River in a recently acquired section of the facility.

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin plans to travel to the site to confirm the discovery, historic preservation officer William Quackenbush told The Dubuque Telegraph Herald. About a dozen tribes consider the area to be sacred.

“We’re just as excited as everyone else if there are cultural resources out there that will fall under the same protection as the other mounds," Quackenbush told the paper.

The monument had a strained relationship with tribes under the leadership of a superintendent who admitted he took ancestral remains from the site and kept them in two boxes in his home for 12 years. Thomas A. Munson pleaded guilty to theft and was ordered to make a public apology.

Get the Story:
Park staff stumble across new discovery at Effigy Mounds (The Dubuque Telegraph Herald 5/18)

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