Column: Indiana's Mounds leave evidence of early Hoosiers



Indiana’s name means “Land of the Indians.” A trip to Mounds State Park in Anderson reminds us why.

Among the first inhabitants of our state were the Adena, a hunting and gathering people who lived in east-central Indiana beginning around 1000 BC. They left behind earthen monuments — deep ditches surrounded by embankments — that give clues to a complex society that understood astronomical events and seasonal calendars and based religious celebrations around them.

Visitors to Mounds State Park go to camp, hike, fish or swim. While there, most stand in awe at the 10 mounds and earthworks ranging from a few inches to several feet high that have been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.

 

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