After reading the following pages on this Amazing Race
of Mound Builders-   your life and perception of the past will
never be the same!
Mary Sutherland
In Search of Ancient Copper
Culture and Mound Builders
with Brad and Mary Sutherland
Here are some more informative
Sites that we have created in our
search for lost and hidden
information of our ancient past.

Rock Lake
Rock Lake 2
Rock Lake 4 Canary Island
Rock Lake 5
Rock Lake  Native American Lore
Rock Lake Pyramids Skulls and
Lake Monsters of Rock Lake
Franks Hill
Butte Des Morts -Hill of the Dead
Neenah Wisconsin

"Oh, Wisconsin. Beneath your feet is an ocean of
"They (railroad crews) knocked the top off of the small
hill called Butte Des Morts. It was full of skeletons.
Tracks were laid across the cut and The combined
bones and rock became the track bed." - a diary
description of the 19th century decapitation of a
section of "the hill of the dead"(Butte Des Morts) on the
shore of Little Lake Butte Des Morts in Neenah.  

The hill is reputed to hold the piled up corpses of Fox
Indians killed during a battle against the French and
their Indian Allies in the Fox/French Wars. More likely,
the hill had been part of a long standing burial ground
and contained the bones of the ancient mound builders.
Mounds are everywhere, their remains may be
beneath your feet right as you read this. In the mid to
late 19th century countless mounds were plowed over
by farmers. Road crews crushed bones into aggregate
for road and railroad beds. It's safe to say that all of
Wisconsin's primary roads contain shattered bits of
the bones of the ancient dead.
Exploring the Ancient Mounds built by Who We Know Now as the Mound Builders

Exploring the Unknown with Brad and Mary Sutherland
Brad and Mary Sutherland On the Road Documenting the
Mound Builders
Opportunities to discover more about these mounds and their
builders disappear daily as erosion, farming, urban
development, and looting continue to degrade these sites.
Untold numbers of the old monuments have already been lost
and secrets of our nation's past have vanished with them. The
mounds that remain stand as a testament to the vitality,
diversity, and creativity of their makers, who developed the
complex societies of ancient past.
Please leave a donation to help with our expenses on the road
in an effort to save lost and hidden informationn about our past.
Mary Sutherland is a renowned
author and researcher into lost
civilizations. She identified and
documented the
Vortex: an area of mysterious
paranormal energy and activity
in her native state. She was
commissioned Kentucky
Colonel by the governor of
Kentucky for her work on
sites of Kentucky. Mary is the
author of  
The Red Haired
Giants, Revelations: Truths
Revealed, Giants Gods, and
Lost Races, Lost in Time: In
Search of Ancient Man,  
Mysteries of Burlington and
Southeastern Wisconsin,
Haunted Burlington, Wisconsin
and Living in the Light: Believe
in the Magic. She is the
executive editor and founder of
Legends Magazine and, with her
husband, Brad, conducts tours
of the Burlington Vortex and
Burlington Forest.  
From Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico, we
find evidence of Copper trade and the
building of mounds and temple . Photo
above is a sign in Michigan showing the
Path of the Mound Builders and Copper
Miners.  US 41 starts its southbound
journey here, Distance of 1990 Miles.  
Photo Mary/Brad Sutherland
Dog - Max the Explorer ,Bigfoot Hound  and
great friend.
The Ancient Mound Builders love carving codes and symbols in the rocks, realizing stone lasts forever and who ever could break the code or
understand their symbols, lost knowledge could be shared again with the seekers of ancient truths.  
Symbols are found in the sacred site areas where they would study the precessions of the stars and planets, carve rock guardians as a message
to others coming through that this area was protected and being used...
The Elders and High Priests were very much into 'magic' which was used in the ceremonial grounds  and had a great regard for the four
elements, earth, wind, fire and water.

We found this carved stone in Michigan which is a code that I will explain in a later page and leave a link here for you to follow up.  Following
shows that this same symbol is replicated as the precession  we have named 'code'  For thousands of years, people have walked by this stone
having no idea that the symbol was not only carved in this stone, but no idea what it represented...until Brad and I found it of course.
Poverty Point World Trading Center
Mound Builders Cities - This one is
supposed to resemble what the city would
have looked like in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
In the wilderness marker trees were used to point
the traveler to water, food, towns and ceremonial
This one points to a large ceremonial mound in
burlington . Below the large mound you can see  
evidence of a large battlefield. Alongside the river
that the tree points to are effigy mounds.  
Life of the Mound Builders  Mary Sutherland
Glass Mounds of Mississippi...Near
Emeraki Mound  with Structure on this
stepped-flat top mound.
Life of the Mound Builders  Mary Sutherland
Ancient Mounds located in Galesville, Wisconsin, near
LaCrosse Wisconsin. This has been reported to be one
of the lost Garden of Edens . The Mississippi River runs
close by.  Burial sites of Giant Skeletons have been
uncovered in this area.   
Wisconsin Mounds Info
This ancient mounds at the foot of the little town of Gays
Mills Wisconsin looks very similar to the one we found in
Galesville.  Along this mound runs the Kickapoo River.
Mounds and caves  run all alongside these river
Mississippi - Kickapoo- Wisconsin
This entire area was once home to the
mound builders with rivers running into the
Mississippi River where good could be
transported all the way down to the Gulf of
Mysteries of the Caves along the Wisconsin
River – Boaz - Gotham – Muscoda – Aztalan
Mary Sutherland and Brad Continuing their
journey in Copper Harbor, Michigan
The Start of our Journey – Following the Path
of the Mound Builders – Mary Sutherland
It is here where the Path of the Mound
Builders and the Old Copper Culture begins,
following it down the Mississippi River to the
Gulf of Mexico. Photographer Brad Sutherland
The Crow Hollow Mounds , outside of Gays Mills,
running alongside the Kickapoo River then flowing into
the Wisconsin River , then into the Mississippi River we
investigated based off an old story of these mounds
being part of a sacrifice that was performed twice a year
by the ancient mound builders.  Here is a video clip of
when we were there documenting the lost of story of the
sacrificial mounds of Crow Hollow.

After watching the video go to this site I created that
explains more about these ancient people, evidence
and traditions
I found and photographed this rock Indian head overlooking the valley
while I was in Michigan. He represents to the ancient traveler the
guardian of the area . Most of the trees would have not been there so
his face would have show to the travelers for miles around. .
Our first journey following the trail of the Mound Builders started in the most northern tip of Michigan at Copper Harbor; following it down to Illinois and
further south into

We began our second part of our journey this year in Winslow, Illinois, traveling south down the Greater Mississippi River Mound Trail on  U.S. Highway
61, known as the spine of the mounds. This was also the path taken by Union Soldiers to battle the confederate army at Vicksburg, New Orleans and
Tupelo. As we traveled we saw that many of the sacred sites can been seen from the main highways while others are in rather remote areas. Except for
a very few the mounds are privately owned and should not be entered without permission.

Hwy 61 - The Spine of Mounds  - From Michigan to Louisiana
The Old Copper Culture Berbers employed
red ochre in their burial rites. We found this
petrified finger coated in red ochre in the
Burlington Wisconsin area.  
Brad and Mary Sutherland
Burlington Wisconsin Mounds is the same as all
running from Michigan to Louisiana
The Mounds in the area of Poverty Point and
Vicksburg (photo on left) are identical in
design as the mounds of Aztalan Wisconsin
(photo on right). More proof that these mound
builders were people of the same culture
who learned how to navigate major rivers
and tributaries.  
Here is another comparison of the mound builders of the South and the North , the first taken is a ‘Toltec Mound’ outside of St. Louis  Missouri and the
second mound was taken in Aztalan Wisconsin.  Mound Photos by Mary Sutherland. The third photo is an artist depiction of what these developments
would have looked like.  While they are the same people, different areas have given them different names. In the St. Louis Area they were known as the
Toltec while in the Wisconsin area they were known as the Aztatecas, the precursors of the Aztec
This beautiful vase was found at Poverty Point, showing
them to be people of the Cat (Osiris tradition) depicting
Jaguar handles.
The Flat Topped Stepped Pyramid was the
Holy Mountain where only the people high in
the hierarchy lived. The Royal Priest lived in
the hut on the top of Mound.  The local people
lived outside and in the perimeters of the holy
This is another image of what ancient mound builder life was with the Holy Mound as the
center point for religious matters
There were various colored races
among the mound builders. This
statue was found in a mound in
Oklahoma depicting a white race.
We found these ancient copper trade ingots at the  Ontonagan
Michigan Museum
These Copper piece and ancient tools we found in
Octonagan Michigan
In these three photos you
find Mary Sutherland and
Frank Joseph in West
Virgina investigating the
Grave Creek Mounds.
Next to the mound is a nice
museum showing artifacts
found and a depiction of the
mound and what life may
have looked like in those
ancient times.  
Princess Burial Mound near Aztalan Mounds , not far
from the underwater
pyramids of Rock Lake WI .  The
body was dressed in shells but the head, probably
used for sacrifice, was not there.  Sacrifice using the
head was quite common among the mound builders.
This ancient Serpent Priest King
bust we found in Kentucky while
we were investigating some
ancient temples that Mary
Sutherland was informed about by
a treasure hunter , James Scott
The headdress is of a 'feathered
serpent' and priest is of a white
race of mound builders.  As the
story goes, tired of their ways,  the
native Indians went to war with
them, wiping them out in that area.
For more information on our
excavation and what we found and
learned there go to
Next to Aztalan Mounds you will find a unique museum
housing the many artifacts dug up from the mounds.
This is a large size ax head.
Not everything goes to a museum.  Artifact hunters have 'forbidden archaeological clubs-members only'
that come together secretly several times a year to show off their finds. We were lucky enough to get
inside and take some photos of these great pieces.  This was provided by a Wisconsin Group
Only up until recent times, did our history
even recognize the mound builders,
crediting any pieces found to the Native
American Indian. Because of the interest
of the researchers who hunt down these
lost artifacts and various other evidence,
scientists are slowly beginning to
recognize these wondrous people, the
mound builders and their history.
Where there were no displays, now we
have museums small and large
displaying the evidence of these ancient
people, yet most tags are marked
belonging to the Native American Indian.  

Eventually , all these truths will be
uncovered and we then know our history ,
Its important ,because those people still
being  denied are our ancient ancestors.
It is time, we know the truth about our
true history.   Photos to left are mound
builder and ancient copper miner
artifacts we found in a small historical
museum in Monroe Wisconsin
Serpent Mound = A resurrection Mound
This is how Serpent's Mound originally looked.
Putman recorded it, but for some reason did not
fully restore it. Probably lack of funds. The great
monolith altar still lays over the side of the hill. The
earthen symbol often called the frog really means
stone eggs sitting on a stone altar. The souls of the
dead in male and female eggs sat on the great
altar. The pole cast a shadow as the sun set on the
June soltice when the shadow reached the top of
the altar, the souls were released out of the stone
eggs and began their journey to heaven.