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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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  • We learned about the Missippian Indian culture from the good exhibits in the interpretive center. We didn't go far into the actual area because of the heat, but what we could see was interesting. I wo...  more »
  • We were disappointed. The mounds have been eroded by centuries of weather and farming--so no one really knows how big/high the mounds were or even how many there may have been. There is a ton of conje...  more »
  • My wife and I toured Angel Mounds on a wet and warm day. The museum was full of dioramas but had no film clip or slide show. We were the only people there until a troop of children with chaperones arr...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Love taking walks here. I always see deer and other animals plus I am allowed to bring my dog.
  • It's one of the coolest places to check out, you get to learn a lot about this areas history.
  • Great place to learn some local history. The annual Native American dance is very nice.

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