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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Travel Thursday: Angel Mounds

For last week's Travel Thursday, I talked about our trip to Xunantunich, a Mayan site in Belize. I have always had an interest in Native American mounds in North America as well and this week I'd like to tell you about a site that's almost in my backyard, Angel Mounds. Literally. Alan said he couldn't believe that it really was only a five minute drive from our house - he thought I was exaggerating :-)

 Mound A, the largest at the site, with a smaller mound in the foreground

Angel Mounds is a Mississippian mound complex along the Ohio River that was inhabited from circa 1000-1450 CE that is now a state historic site. The town is named for the family that owned the land before it was purchased by the state. I find it fascinating that this is in my home state. I remember learning about Cahokia and mounds in general in school, but didn't necessarily think I would ever get to see something like this in person. Native American mounds are actually located all over the eastern United States. Many of them have been eroded through time and farming but they're easy to spot if you know what you're looking for. Note that I am not telling you go to out and try to find them because it is illegal in most if not all states to dig for artifacts! Here are a list of archaeology laws in Indiana. 

This past weekend we went to the Spring Farm Fest located at Angel Mounds. Cecily fell asleep about halfway through our visit, but Ewan had a great time!

Both kids enjoyed playing in the house when we went out to explore the mounds. 

If you're local and have never been here, you really should visit. This is a cultural treasure we have here in our collective backyard. And even if you're not local, you should check to see if you have any Native American sites near you because the culture that was here before us is just fascinating!

Before you go, please check out Betsy, who blogs at Musings of A Museum Fanatic.

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She has played violin for 15 years.

And has some really wacky food issues like not being able to let food touch and loving Wendy's fries dipped in her frosty.

And has never been further west than Nebraska. 


  1. The pictures are great! I love reading about your trips and all the fun things you do!

  2. Looks like they had a good time! What a fun way to ride around and get a tour of the mounds!

  3. That pony is adorable. Great pics!

  4. I love that barrel train! Looks like so much fun!

  5. Awww, looks like you had a great time! It is always fun to go places so close to home - and discover something new to do!

  6. We were a little worried that he would freak out because we couldn't go with him and it went to the end of the parking lot where we couldn't see him. But, he LOVED it!

  7. I've actually been there before in college, but it's been 10 years.

  8. Thanks! I like sharing them :-)

  9. There are some in Iowa too, near the Mississippi. I hope to take my kids there some day.

  10. Isn't native American history interesting?! I have been to the Grave Creek Mound here in WV, along the Ohio in Moundsville. Been there a few times when I toured the Moundsville Penetentiary THREE times lol, and the Palace of Gold near Wheeling. I love that area. The museum at the mound is awesome. Great places to visit if you are ever in that area!

  11. I've never heard of Native American mounds! I'd love to check some out!


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