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NameAngel Mounds State Historic Site
Address8215 Pollack Avenue
Evansville, IN 47715
Brief DescriptionAncient Indiana Metropolis
TypeAttraction
CategoryHistoric Site
DescriptionAngel Mounds State Historic Site, located on the banks of the Ohio River, is one of the best-preserved precontact Native American settlements in the United States. The people who built the village were part of an advanced culture that thrived in the Mississippi River Valley from 600 to 1,000 years ago. Approximately 1,000 people occupied the site for nearly 400 years.

This society built 11 earthen mounds as platforms for elevated buildings, not for burial purposes. Originally, the town covered 103 acres and served as an important religious, political, and trade center for people living within a 75-mile radius.

The town site was abandoned before European explorers came to America. Archaeologists have found no evidence of war or epidemic. The reason for the abandonment, which occurred over a period of years, remains unknown.

Roving bands of Shawnee, Miami, and other groups moved into this area about 1650 A.D. One of the families to settle in Southwestern Indiana was headed by Mathias Angel. He had a farmstead on the site of Angel Mounds from 1852 until his death in 1899. His brothers owned adjacent farms, and the land remained in the Angel family until 1938. Angel Mounds State Historic Site is named after this family.

In 1938, with a donation from Eli Lilly, the Indiana Historical Society bought the site from the Angel family. A year later, archaeologist Glenn A. Black and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) began excavations. The Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University continues to excavate at the site.

The State Historic Site includes a visitor center, reconstructed houses, and a reconstructed portion of the stockade wall that once surrounded the site. Angel Mounds was transferred to the state of Indiana in 1947. The 500-acre non-archaeological site includes a nature preserve , hiking and biking trails, and a picnic area.

Hours:

OPEN ALL YEAR

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.

The outdoor village site closes promptly at 4:30 p.m.

Closed Mondays and major holidays
Phone 1(812) 853-3956
Emailangelmoundsshs@dnr.in.gov
Handicapped AccessibleYes
Time Allowance2 hours
Websitewww.angelmounds.org
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Last Updated12/11/2014
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