Mounds State Park

3 mi. E of Anderson on IN 32, Anderson, Indiana


Photo taken by Jim Allen in December 2013




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

Update Log 

  • January 9, 2014: Updated by Jim Allen: Added description
  • January 9, 2014: New photos from Jim Allen