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As the site describes, Madira Bickel Mound was the first Native American site designated a state archaeological site. The site preserves a large ceremonial mound that Native Americans have used beginning around two thousand years ago. However, archaeologists have determined that several different groups used the site across different periods. Plaques at the site describe the history of the mound, as well as what the site may have been used for. Unfortunately, many mounds have been destroyed, so Madira Bickel’s continued preservation is important and offers a glimpse into North American history. Visitors to Madira Bickel today can learn a bit about this history, as well as climb to the top of the twenty foot mound. A visit need not last long, but the site provides an informative and interesting look at the mound builders of North American.

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