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Death, Decay and Reconstruction

An osteological analysis of Effigy Mound material from Wisconsin

Christine Ella Ruth


The primary objective of this study was to complete a comprehensive osteological analysis of a skeletal collection of the Effigy Mound Culture (Wisconsin, c. 650-1200 AD), in order to contribute to the relatively scanty literature and knowledge of these pre-contact Native people. The project provided a rare and unique opportunity to study the demography and osteological characteristics of a selected population belonging to this culture.