Although there is some evidence of occasional habitation for a long period, it was a bustling small town between about 1100 and 1300 CE - the northernmost incursion of the Mississippian people, most often associated with Cahokia in Illinois - and then they just split and no one knows why.
The town was completely surrounded by a stockade that was covered with wattle and daub. Everything you see is a recreation. In 1968, the mounds were re-sculpted to their original terracing and just enough of the stockade was rebuilt (out of telephone poles) so your imagination can fill in the settlement, especially when, like Sarah and I were on a Thursday morning, the only people in the whole park. This also happened to us at Natural Bridge State Park last year.
Periodically there were these enclosures that were probably defensive towers.
There was some kind of structure on the top and a nice view of the whole site.
The Crawfish River which was a rich resource borders the settlement on one side, behind a profusion of goldenrod.
If you ignore, for a second, the pre-historic aspects, it's a big native Wisconsin prairie. Wild white morning glories dot the landscape nestled among the grasses.
All with the New Glarus Populist. .15mm pinhole 24mm from 24x35mm frame.