Indian Shell Mound Park, Dauphin Island

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Indian Mound Park, also known as Shell Mound Park or Indian Shell Mound Park, is a park and bird refuge located on the northern shore of Dauphin Island, a barrier island of Mobile County, Alabama in the United States. In addition to the many birds which visit, a wide variety of botanical species contribute to the natural offerings. The site is historically significant due to the presence of prehistoric Indian shell middens, mounds composed of discarded oyster shells. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 14, 1973. It is administered by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The shell middens located at Indian Mound Park date to the Mississippian period (1100 to 1550). The mounds were visited throughout this period by Native Americans of the Pensacola culture, who harvested oysters and fished in Little Dauphin Island Sound, an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico. Archaeologist Gregory Waselkov of the University of South Alabama believes that the visitors to the island came from Bottle Creek, the largest Mississippian settlement in the area. Waselkov theorizes that Bottle Creek, located on the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, served as the major village while Dauphin Island acted as a migration destination during the winter months.
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  • This park is located on and around a mound of, mainly oyster, shells that have been there for thousands of years. The site of native American settlements, it is a forested quiet walk through natural s...  more »
  • This is a very popular site for birdwatchers, and for good reason. The habitat is lush and beautiful, and a great place for hungry birds to land after flying over the Gulf of Mexico in the spring. The...  more »
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  • This was a wonderful day. There weren't a lot of people there so we took our time walking all the trails. The trees are magnificent. I recommend that visitors read about the history of the area before going; it really does increase the appreciation.
  • It's not good for bigger groups. There is not very much room to park. We were expecting longer trails. The big trees are beautiful. On a really hot day it's probably better to go someplace else. This will only take about 10 minutes to see. The Audobon Bird trails are a little longer.

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