These waters drew people for thousands of years to a rare and crucial rendezvous point, and inspired one of the world's densest and most varied assemblies of sacred burial mounds.
Native peoples and European settlers have been drawn to the lakes.
Many were destroyed by white settlers.
Larry Johns, a member of the Oneida tribe who was hired in the 1980s to survey Dane County's mounds and by the Ho-Chunk to survey mounds in Ro…
It only recently was subject to academic study.
White settlers found the lakes attractive, just as did earlier inhabitants.
University of Wisconsin-Madison anthropologist Sissel Schroeder explains the significance of the ancient site that sits on a narrow elbow in t…