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Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, Scott
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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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  • Beautifully kept mound site, with wonderful museum. The site itself is expansive, so be prepared to do some walking. (Nothing elevated) Several large mounds and smaller mounds surround a large plaza a...  more »
  • Lots of items found at the site in the museum. Knowledgeable ranger answered our questions. I was surprised they didn't allow anyone to climb the mounds. We have seen a lot of mounds and this was the ...  more »
  • Toltec Mounds is a beautiful and important archeological site. I took my three children there on a Saturday. It is next to a gorgeous lake full of cypress trees. The mounds are very interesting, and t...  more »
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  • Lovely park with great history about the Native Americans of Arkansas. Short drive from Little Rock. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The 10min film provides a good background of how the site was used.
  • Knowledgeable, friendly staff. The Scout merit badge opportunities are excellent!
  • Very low key. The visitors center is aimed at kids, but the mounds themselves are really cool. For what it is, it was very interesting.
  • Great place to visit and walk around. Informative visitors center, nice walking trials, cool mounds, and really great staff that gave me a whole list of things to do while heading back to the interstate. 100% worth the stop!
  • Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park includes earthworks from a late-Woodland through early-Mississippian Period ceremonial and governmental complex located on the site from A.D. 650 to 1050. Toltec Mounds was listed on the National Register on January 12, 1973, and designated a National Historic Landmark on June 2, 1978.