Moundville Archaeological Park, Moundville

#43 of 129 in Museums in Alabama
Must see · Park · Specialty Museum
Called “The Big Apple of the 14th Century” by National Geographic, Moundville Archaeological Park was once the site of a powerful prehistoric community that, at its peak, was America’s largest city north of Mexico. Located on the Black Warrior River 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa, the park preserves 326 acres where, 800 years ago, Mississippian Indians constructed 28 massive flat-topped earthen pyramids, arranged carefully around a vast central plaza. The mounds served as elevated platforms for civic and ceremonial structures and the homes of nobles. Today, the panoramic landscape provides stunning views of these ancient monuments while the park’s museum displays many of the beautiful treasures that have been unearthed at the site including the famous stone Rattlesnake Disk.
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  • Most impressed with mounds! Watched 15 minute video before driving to the 2 mounds that were open. Museum was totally worth visiting! Enjoyed trip!  more »
  • This is a step back in time to before the Europeans arrived in the New World. Nice park with plenty to see plus they have both improved or primitive camping sites too.  more »
  • I wish we had taken more pictures, this was a really fascinating place. There was a really cool informative video at the beginning of the tour in the visitor center, afterwards we were able to drive by each mound. At the museum there was so many sculptures to view and so much to learn, there’s a mound by the museum that you can climb upon and it’s the highest mound. There were beautiful views! There were ponds around the mounds that had fish and turtles! It was fascinating to see so many turtles, and they were big too! I would definitely come here again, and I would recommend you stop here too!
  • It been a long time, 30 years or so, since I have been to Moundville, and I wasn't expecting much. I was happily surprised, especially at the museum. I am constantly amazed at the beauty that surrounds us in Alabama, and the beauty people can craft with their own hands. There were plenty of examples of each of those to astonish and delight me. If you haven't been lately or ever before, please do go! Enjoy!

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