Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, Scott

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Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, also known as Knapp Mounds, Toltec Mounds Site or Toltec Mounds, is an archaeological site from the Late Woodland period in Arkansas that protects an 18-mound complex with the tallest surviving prehistoric mounds in Arkansas. The site is on the banks of Mound Lake, an oxbow lake of the Arkansas River. It was occupied by its original inhabitants from 600 to 1050 CE. The site is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
The identification of the site with the Toltec of Mexico was a 19th-century mistake. Mrs. Gilbert Knapp, owner of the land from 1857 to 1900, thought the Toltecs had built the mounds.
Investigations at the site by archaeologist Edward Palmer from the Smithsonian Institutions Bureau of American Ethnology in 1883 and by others since have proved that the indigenous ancestors of regional Native Americans had built these mounds and all other mounds within the present-day United States. They were part of mound building cultures that flourished from the Late Archaic period into the Protohistoric period. They built earthwork mounds for religious, political and ceremonial purposes, connecting them to their cosmology. Put Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Scott trip builder.
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  • The Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park was very interesting. We enjoyed the short movie. I wish it wouldn't have been so hot so we could have walked the trail. 
    The Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park was very interesting. We enjoyed the short movie. I wish it wouldn't have been so hot so we could have walked the trail.  more »
  • A lot of reading but so worth the stop. We were a little underwhelmed by the number of mounds and a little sad that a couple of them had been destroyed. But we were glad they had know worked on... 
    A lot of reading but so worth the stop. We were a little underwhelmed by the number of mounds and a little sad that a couple of them had been destroyed. But we were glad they had know worked on...  more »
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  • Don't wait like we did. Its fun, free and interesting. OK maybe not breathtaking like some sites but it's educational. Hard to imagine life so long ago. Viewing the 3 larger mounds that remain will mean very little if you skip the cool displays in the welcome center. Easy to walk (although today it was hot!) paved trail, many rest benches and a nice area over water to see cypress tress. Took us about 45 minutes to 1 hour total so time is not really an issue. Friendly staff also!
  • Fascinating. This is an Arkansas gem. Excellent staff that know their stuff. Nice museum and gift shop. Native American culture and history we didn't know we had.

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