Mounds State Park
3 mi. E of Anderson on IN 32, Anderson, Indiana
Photo taken by Jim Allen in December 2013
+40.10041, -85.6217840°06'01" N, 85°37'18" W
Mounds State Park features earthworks built by prehistoric people known as the Adena-Hopewell.
The Great Mound is the largest mound in the park and was built about 250 BC, last work about 160 B.C. Three smaller mounds surround it: Fiddleback, earthwork B, and earthwork D.
The Circle Mound, actually rectangular with rounded ends, was built about 1 AD.
Archaeological surveys indicate the mounds were used as gathering places for religious ceremonies, from where astronomical alignments could be viewed.
The Bronnenberg home, along the trail to the Great Mound, was built by Frederick Bronnenberg Jr. during the 1840s
See the link to the park Interpretive Master Plan, Resource Overview, Cultural History, for more information.
National Register information
- Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 18, 1973
- Reference number
- Area of significance
- Archeology - Prehistoric
- Level of significance
- Evaluation criteria
- D - Information Potential
- Property type
- Historic function
- Ceremonial site
- Current function
- Periods of significance
- 499-0 BC; 499-0 AD
- Number of properties
- Contributing structures: 8
Contributing sites: 1
- January 9, 2014: Updated by Jim Allen: Added description
- January 9, 2014: New photos from Jim Allen