Indian Burial Mounds

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  1. cybball

    cybball PMA Member

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    Anyone ever seen any Indian burial mounds in Iowa? I’m curious what they might look like. There is a spot I hunt that has several mounds of dirt in the timber that are about 2-3 feet high and 10 feet long. Maybe 4-5 feet wide. I have found a bunch online but they seem to be much larger that what I am seeing. Wasn’t sure if they made them smaller. Thanks!


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  3. muddy

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    What you have are dormant alien pod cocoons. I would likely avoid those things.
     
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    The one's I have found are as you described, however the middle of each is sunken, I assume they were dug into a long time ago
     
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    What makes you think they are old enough to be Indian?


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    Are these near an edge of a field, or where a field was once cleared? It could just be where a dozer left a pile after clearing a field and many years later you have what looks like a burial mound, but it may just be the remnants of a spoilage pile.
     
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    No these are on high points of ridges on the edge in timber overlooking valley, there's state ground with protected burial site a few miles down stream that look just like these
     
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    No joke- my buddy goes hunting & finds a human skull & Skeleton. Yikes! Ended up solving some 5-6 year old mystery.
     
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    Nothing at all really. They sit at the top of a ridge overlooking ravines. No fields within 500 yards. They honestly could be piles of dirt from years ago. It’s in timber.


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    That would flip me out. Sometimes I wonder about that though. Some of the places we all hunt would be good places to hide bodies. No, not speaking from experience.


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    This sounds a little like what I have found.


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    Been up to Effigy Mounds multiple times. Pretty well known up here and had to take a few field trips there in school
     
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    Effigy mounds never gets old! A true gem of Iowa
     
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    Our cabin is 4 miles from there and I’ve never been there


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    You are missing out! You owe it to yourself to visit. The mounds are just .. neat
     
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    My buddies place in southern Warren county where I hunt has several. One of my stands is 10 yards from one. There is an easement for a gas line that runs along his property line and they had to have an archeologist come in and sign off on everything so they could replace the line about a year ago. I will need to contact him and see which tribe it is, as I don't remember.
     
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    What do they look like on his place? Round? Oval? How big? Just curious. The mounds of dirt I'm seeing aren't super big like most I see online.
     
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    Find someone with access to LiDAR hillshade. That may answer your question pretty quick.
     
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    Anybody can have access. Somebody (Skip if I remember right) posted the GIS link that includes hillshade last year. It’s an incredible tool!!
     
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    I've used the Lidar view. It shows them. Just don't know if they are plain old dirt piles from a farmer long ago, or Indian mounds. Guess I may never know unless I have a pro come look.
     
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    Round in shape, maybe 4 1/2 feet tall?
     
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