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Review of Panther Intaglio

Panther Intaglio
1236 Riverside Drive, Fort Atkinson, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The Panther Intaglio is a quite rare example of a figure etched in to (rather than built up from) earth. As such, it is a crucial piece of North American native American history.

Visited November 2013
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“Little-known cultural gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Whenever friends or family visit us, I always bring them by the Panther Intaglio. Most of them respond with "Uh, ok" because they don't appreciate the significance of the intaglio. According to various sources, this is the only intaglio remaining in the state or the world. The Wisconsin State Historical Society states that there used to be ten in the state of Wisconsin, but all others have been destroyed. The Native Americans of the effigy mound culture excavated these inverted mounds most likely for ceremonial purposes regarding water spirits. To me, this is just as exciting in a historical sense as having a pyramid in my backyard. To think that there is a direct historical link with a people that were here over a thousand years ago is mind boggling. Keep an eye out for the intaglio when driving down Riverside Drive/State Highway 106 because it is easy to miss. Find a place to park or pull over and try to imagine that you're looking at something that was created over 1,000 years ago.

Visited June 2012
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