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Angel Mounds State Historic Site, Evansville
(3.5/5 based on 80 reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • A great spot for families and school groups interested in history and local culture! I've never seen anything like it! 
  • I never knew about this ancient dig but was facinated . The clerk was very informative too. The gift shop has a good selection of low cost items. 
  • The museum could use a little updating/repair on the talking monitors.The tour guides know their stuff and are very engaging and helpful. The museum store has a wide variety of items to purchase.We we...  more »
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  • If I could give it a zero I would. Waste of money. Five of us went a few days ago and the museum part was ok, it's tiny so there's not much I can say about it. My advice to anyone going is not to go outside, we wanted to follow the trail that was indicated and ended up walking for 3 miles without seeing anything but one hut and then we fell into water, the whole path was flooded with water and we couldn't go around it and we got soaked. All of that just to go over one mound and see a hut. Thanks a lot for the warning.
  • Very quiet and a good place to go for some reflection time. Excellent for those who love to walk.
  • This is a nice place to see. But there is not much to see so it is a one time trip except for the special events that they hold.
  • Cool place if you want space to run and/or enjoy Native American history
  • Everyone should check this place out. Alot of culture packed into a little spot. Always has something to offer