Angel Mounds State Historic Site, Evansville

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Angel Mounds State Historic Site is located on the Ohio River in Vanderburgh and Warrick counties in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Indiana. It is the site of a town constructed and occupied from 1100 CE to 1450 CE as one of the farthest northeastern expressions of the Mississippian culture. Just upriver of the confluence of the Green and Ohio rivers, it is located 8 miles southeast of present-day Evansville. It is administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Indiana State Museums and Historic Sites as one of 16 state museums and historic sites.In 1964 this major complex of earthworks was designated a National Historic Landmark because of its significance. It is named after the Angel family who, from the mid-19th century to 1938, owned the property on which it is located.HistoryFor thousands of years, southwestern Indiana was home to successive cultures of Native Americans, who settled near the rivers and used them for travel and trade.Beginning after 1000 CE, people of the widespread Mississippian culture built a town at this site, covering 100acre and situated on a large, terraced mound near the river. Today, Angel Mounds State Historic Site is nationally recognized as one of the best-preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States. It was given National Historic Landmark status as part of this recognition. This site is the most northeastern of the Mississippian culture, which had sites throughout the river valleys of the Mississippi and its tributaries, such as the Ohio River, and ranging into North Carolina and as far south as Mississippi. Continuing excavations at the site reveal new elements of the complex society.
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  • September 29, 2017
    Beautiful interpretive site, lots of artifacts and there paths to walk the grounds are beautiful maintained. There's a party to the top of the biggest mound that's an easy climb not to be missed  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    Could of been a nice trip if a few of the workers were not so rude to the children. A couple of the workers one lady who helped with corn husk dolls and the man who helped with arrowhead craft yelled ...  more »
  • August 31, 2017
    Visited Angel Mounds in July 2017, very nice site of ancient mound builders. Gift store. Lots of walking bring deet bug spray for mosquitos if going in the summer.  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    I take my dog here to walk the trails near the boat ramp. She loves coming here and always has a blast; as well as myself! Beautiful place to go to.
  • June 12, 2017
    Great trails! Good for hiking and running. Website is OK. Would like to see better trail maps, both online and maybe posted at the trail heads.
  • June 29, 2017
    Love taking walks here. I always see deer and other animals plus I am allowed to bring my dog.
  • June 28, 2017
    It's one of the coolest places to check out, you get to learn a lot about this areas history.
  • March 11, 2017
    Great place to learn some local history. The annual Native American dance is very nice.

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