The Shell Mound Earthwork In Alabama That Still Fascinates Archaeologists To This Day
There are many archaeological sites located throughout Alabama. In fact, several of them even fascinate archaeologists to this day, including Indian Shell Mound Park. If you’ve ever wanted to discover an earthwork here in Alabama, you should definitely visit this park to view its shell mounds. For information about Alabama’s Indian Shell Mound Park and its historic shell mounds, take a look below.
Indian Shell Mound Park, also known as Shell Mound Park, is located on the beautiful Gulf Coast in Dauphin Island, Alabama.
Covering approximately 11 acres, this scenic park is one of the Southeast's most interesting archaeological sites thanks to its fascinating shell mounds.
According to records, Alabama's Indian Shell Mound Park dates all the way back to A.D. 1100 - 1550.
Native Americans often occupied this area during the winter and spring seasons. During your visit to Indian Shell Mound Park, you'll see evidence of their occupancy as you follow the oyster shell pathway (pictured) through the park. During their time here, they roasted oysters and later disposed of the shells.
The park's mounds consist of many thick layers of these oyster shells, in addition to fish bones, charcoal, and more. They're quite amazing to see up close and in person if you haven't already done so. Pictured is one of the fascinating mounds.
Until the 1830s, the modern Choctaw and Creek tribes continued harvesting oysters in this particular Gulf Coast area. However, because of the number of oyster shells that were ultimately left behind, you'd think it was still taking place.
Indian Shell Mound Park was eventually added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It can be visited all year long and admission is free.
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To learn more information about Dauphin Island, including a few other places to visit, be sure to take a look at the following article:
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Indian Shell Mound Park, 830 Desoto Dr, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA