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Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, Scott

#40 of 59 in Nature in Arkansas
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Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, also known as Knapp Mounds, Toltec Mounds Site or Toltec Mounds, is an archaeological site from the Late Woodland period in Arkansas that protects an 18-mound complex with the tallest surviving prehistoric mounds in Arkansas. The site is on the banks of Mound Lake, an oxbow lake of the Arkansas River. It was occupied by its original inhabitants from 600 to 1050 CE. The site is designated as a National Historic Landmark.NameThe identification of the site with the Toltec of Mexico was a 19th-century mistake. Mrs. Gilbert Knapp, owner of the land from 1857 to 1900, thought the Toltecs had built the mounds.Investigations at the site by archaeologist Edward Palmer from the Smithsonian Institutions Bureau of American Ethnology in 1883 and by others since have proved that the indigenous ancestors of regional Native Americans had built these mounds and all other mounds within the present-day United States. They were part of mound building cultures that flourished from the Late Archaic period into the Protohistoric period. They built earthwork mounds for religious, political and ceremonial purposes, connecting them to their cosmology.
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  • Living in Arkansas, I’ve passed the signs on Highway 165 pointing to this State Park many times. At the request of an out-of-town friend, we visited the park. I’m glad we did. Our afternoon turned out...  more »
  • Interactive exhibits and a beautiful walk/hike to see the mounds. Great information on something I'd never even heard of and super friendly staff. Worth an hour-ish stop for adults but if you have kid...  more »
  • We were disappointed when we arrived that the power was out and we could not see exhibits in the visitors center. We were able to walk the short trail and see the mounds. It is very interesting and ed...  more »
  • Very interested and quiet place. The museum has many interesting Artifacts, videos and information. A small store in there too.
  • I took my children to see the mounds. We arrived too late to go out on the trail, so we shopped at the store. It has a lot of affordable items. We were also able to see the museum inside. What a beautiful place, and narrated as well! No charge for that. I will definitely be returning there!
  • Very cool state park! They provide lots of free materials and have a great mini museum with a fur pelt touch table. Tails are short and flat, making this an easy trip for the family. Loved that pets are welcome!
  • Had a great visit. Museum was informative and the grounds were nice. A good place for a short hike around the grounds.
  • Decided to stop in since we were in the area. I was not expecting a whole lot based on the little I knew but I was pleasantly surprised. There isn't a ton to see but it is a nice place for a walk and a little bit of history.