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Evansville - Angel Mounds State Historic Site

8215 Pollack Avenue

The Angel Mounds Story

For over a thousand years, Southwestern Indiana was home to many Native Americans. Today, Angel Mounds State Historic Site is nationally recognized as one of the best preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States. From 1100 to 1450 A. D., a town on this site was home to people of the Middle Mississippian culture, who engaged in hunting and farming on the rich bottom lands of the Ohio River. Several thousand people lived in this town protected by a stockade made of wattle and daub. Because Angel Mounds was a chiefdom (the home of the chief) it was the regional center of a large community that grew outward from it for many miles.

This settlement was the largest known town of its time in Indiana, but the Mississippian people eventually deserted it. No one today knows why. Fortunately, preservation and archaeological efforts at Angel Mounds State Historic Site offer a glimpse into this highly developed culture of the distant past. For 60 years, this living museum has told the story of one pre-contact Native American culture on the Ohio River.
Characteristic of their culture, the Mississippian people at Angel built mounds in their town. In chiefdoms like Angel, the high-status families lived and were sometimes buried on top of some of the mounds. Priests and chiefs carried out ceremonies and rituals on the large temple mounds that dominated the town. Some of the mounds at Angel have been excavated by archaeologists, and they contain evidence of being many things: site of the chief's residence, religious and burial locations, garbage dumps, even natural elevations.

The term "Mississippian" refers to an American Indian culture that began around 800 A. D. It eventually covered the Southeastern United States from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic. People of this culture occupied the site at Angel from as early as 1100 A. D.


Jessica Brooks

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
Nice walking trails the last time I been there tho it has been a few years. Alot to learn and explore as well. There's plenty to do that I do remember. Packing a lunch for a picnic is a good idea as well.

Susan Allen

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
Again, went here as part of the awesome Museum Wander. Had not been out here in many years. The interpretive center was amazing. Did not go out to the mound sites because it was very hot that day. But there was enough to do and see inside to make it worth the visit. Again spent way to much in the gift shop. Will go back sooner than later. The Museum Wander has been great to reawaken an interest in local attractions.

Chronically Care

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
More hype than what's there but history is pretty amazing,its more interesting reading about it then visiting it. But what a great area,so beautiful.

Beth Chandley

Monday, March 5, 2018
Awesome place to learn Native Culture and authentic home of local Native Americans! Great for the kids and adults!!

Mike C

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017
Very interesting historical information. Nice visual exhibits. Walk the grounds and envision the past settlement.

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