Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin

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Parkin Archeological State Park, also known as Parkin Indian Mound, is an archeological site and state park in Parkin, Cross County, Arkansas. Around 1350–1650 CE an aboriginal palisaded village existed at the site, at the confluence of the St. Francis and Tyronza rivers. Artifacts from this site are on display at the site museum. The Parkin Site is the type site for the Parkin phase, an expression of the Mississippian culture from the Late Mississippian period. Many archeologists believe it to be part of the province of Casqui, documented as visited by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1542. Archeological artifacts from the village of the Parkin people are dated to 1400–1650 CE.

The Parkin site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964 for its significance as a type site of the Parkin Phase. In 1966, the Parkin Indian Mound was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Parkin Archeological State Park is located at 60 Arkansas Highway 184 North, Parkin, Arkansas.

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  • We wanted a good activity to do during the covid 19 pandemic This was a great choice. When you walk in you watch a short movie chairs were spaced apart, You then an view the museum. We then walked....  more »
  • This place is amazing. I spent over 2 hours there and I still don't think I saw everything. Highly suggest you get the Ranger Guided Tour for $3.50 Director Ben Swadley is a walking encyclopedia of...  more »
  • Wonderful people oversee this place. Amazing history. Very helpful and friendly staff. There's a museum, gift shop, documentary viewing area. And there's a 3/4 mile paved path for self-guided tours. Much more.
  • This was a nice quiet way to spend the day. Learn some of the local history and walk through what used to be. They also have a nice gift shop.

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