Aerial view of same area shown in Photo One. From
this perspective it is obvious that these rocks have
in fact been arranged into large patterns.
Archaeologists believe it was done by prehistoric
people, probably for agricultural purposes. The
pattern was simply too large to be detected by
someone standing on the ground.
To give you an idea of its size, compare the size of
the trees in the ground and aerial view
Many times the archeologist or researcher will walk right over a spot of antiquity without realizing it...BUT when shot from the
air, a whole new picture of the site comes into view. A ground view of a rock-strewn field south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in
which the stones appear more or less randomly distributed, except for a few possible alignments. No overall pattern can be
detected at ground level.
Photos by
Tom Baker
Photo One
Typical ground view of a buried Southwestern pueblo (town) site.
The contrast between the bare areas of ground and the surrounding
grass and other vegetation form a pattern, but this pattern is too
large to detect at ground level.
Photo to left is mound between
Honey Creek and Burlington
Photographed Mary Sutherland
Photo to right is effigy
on Hwy 83 outside of Burlington
Photographed by
Photographed by C.W. Beemer
June 27, 1927
View looking north.
Photo Two
No vegetation grows over the walls of the buried
roomblocks of this ancient town, possibly because the
adobe (mud) used in the construction of the walls and
rooms is sterile, or too densely packed. The result is that
the outlines of the buried pueblo are revealed to the
aerial observer. Some of the rooms (at center of photo)
have been opened by excavation, leaving rectangular
cavities. The small circle in the center of the largest
enclosure (plaza) is the trace of the pueblo's kiva, or
semi-subterranean ceremonial chamber (the small tree
beside it is the same one in the center of the
ground-level photo).
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"Thanks to the introduction of new state and Federal laws, Wisconsin's
remaining mounds have now been protected.
According to the Burial Site Protection Law of 1985, Wisconsin progressively
defined all Native American mounds as human burial places. The law
protects them from disturbance and destruction, as it does for all
cemeteries and family plots.