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Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, Scott

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read more »
  • Very interesting - be sure and watch the video which really explains what the mounds are all about - very nice museum - 
  • This state park has a nice museum and a ten minute video in addition to the two walks. There is interesting wildlife to look at as well. My husband and I are still discussing amicably whether what we ...  read more »
  • Knowledgeable, friendly staff. The Scout merit badge opportunities are excellent!
  • 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!
  • A must see while in Central Arkansas. Very knowledgeable staff, the exhibits are fantastic and the mounds are impressive.
  • 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.
  • The setting is peaceful and respectful. The grounds are kept well allowing for an enjoyable experience.
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