Visit These Fascinating Effigy Mounds In Iowa For An Adventure Into The Past

Throughout the American Midwest, prehistoric Woodland cultures built 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, earthen pile shaped to resemble or symbolize an animal, person, or other figures. Most mounds created by North America’s mound-building cultures were built for ceremonial or burial purposes and often took the shape of cones or walls. The cultures of this region surrounding southern Wisconsin specialized in building effigy mounds. Today, we call the culture that built them the Effigy Moundbuilders.

To get the most out of your journey through history, check out the park’s website for an events calendar—guided tours offer more information about the mounds and interpret what life was like for the Effigy Moundbuilders.

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Address: Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa 76, Harpers Ferry, IA, USA