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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  • Angel Mounds is a wonderful step back into our history of the United States. The museum is very well done and walks you thru the time periods of the people (Archaic, Woodland and Mississippians) that ...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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  • Again, went here as part of the awesome Museum Wander. Had not been out here in many years. The interpretive center was amazing. Did not go out to the mound sites because it was very hot that day. But there was enough to do and see inside to make it worth the visit. Again spent way to much in the gift shop. Will go back sooner than later. The Museum Wander has been great to reawaken an interest in local attractions.
  • Very interesting historical information. Nice visual exhibits. Walk the grounds and envision the past settlement.
  • Nice place. Been there for a couple of runs. Good amenities when open,plenty of parking.
  • Been there several times and it always brings a feeling of awe over me. The size of the town or village was surprising, and then the moat and stockade are very impressive. Great place to visit and feel history all around you.
  • Awesome place for American Indian History, so much to see here and it's sister site in New Harmony.

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