Friday, March 2, 2012

Indiana Tourism: Top Ten Native American Indian Burial Mounds and Earthworks in Indiana

  Admin       Friday, March 2, 2012
Ancient Indiana Tourism

These are the top ten Indian mounds and earthworks that can still be visited in Indiana that were constructed by the Allegewi (Adena) and Hopewell (a confederation of Sioux, Iroquois Cherokee and Allegewi). Some of the mound sites in Northern Indiana could date as early as 1500 B.C. The mounds and earthworks in the central and southern part of Indiana were constructed from 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. There are close to 100 burial mound and earthworks sites that can still survive in Indiana, of these only 2 are recognized as "Historic Sites."One of which is, Mounds State Park that continues to be excavated and destroyed by university archaeologist. If you're a tourist in Indiana, all of these sites are in jeopardy of being destroyed.

1. Number One Ancient Tourist Attraction in Indiana.
Mounds State Park, Henge Complex in Anderson Indiana

The burial mound in the center platform of the large henge marked the solstices for 2000 years before being destroyed by Indiana University archaeologists. A charge of a few dollars is required to enter Mounds State Park, but the tour of the mounds and earthworks is worth the price. Mounds State Park, despite the destruction by Indiana University archaeologists is one of the best preserved henge sites in the Ohio Valley. Mounds State Park, does not have all of the mounds and earthworks sites listed on their map. Discover the "lost" earthworks with "The Nephilim Chronicles: A Travel Guide to the Ancient Ruins in the Ohio Valley."

Largest Henge of the southern group at Mounds State Park. The undulations in the outer wall are symbolic of the serpent wrapped around the central circle that was symbolic of the sun. The earthwork complex was a combination of solar and Earth Mother worship. Before touring Mounds State Park, learning of the symbolism of the ancient earthworks and how they were dedicated to the Sun god and the Earth Mother will enhance your visit.

Find out the directions to Mounds State Parks "Lost Henge" This is the site, park officials don't want you to know about.

2. Serpent Mound near Holton, Indiana

Many people have toured to the famous serpent mound in Ohio, but did you know that Indiana has a serpent mound just as large? Above, an identical serpent mound as that in Indiana was mapped in Warren County, Ohio. If you are touring southeast Indiana, the serpent mound located near Holton, Indiana is a must see!

Indiana's Serpent Mound undulated back and forth like the previous diagram. Despite the tens of thousands of people that visit Ohio Serpent mound, Indiana does not even recognize this ancient treasure as an historic spot.

3. Henge Complex near New Castle, Indiana

Traveling to Indianapolis? This historic site is an hour's drive. This ancient tourist treasure is not recognized as a historic site in Indiana, despite being constructed over 2000 years ago.

The photo is a burial mound (#1 on map) in the distance and a the outer wall of thesmall henge ( #2 on map). This historic treasure has had a lot of damage done by Ball State University archaeologists, who have obliterated mound Number "1. A solar alignment of the mounds occurs every equinox. City officials have moved to not allow University archaeologist to continue to destroy this potential, popular tourist attraction.

4. Iroquois, Horseshoe Shaped Fort, Near Fort Wayne

The wall of the Iroquois Fort can still be seen near Fort Wayne, Indiana. If you are a tourist in Fort Wayne, this site has not been opened to the public, yet.

Three of these horseshoe shaped fort were constructed by the early Iroquois along the Maumee from Fort Wayne to Toledo. One of Indiana's few Native American historic sites is not recognized, nor deemed worth saving.

5. An Iroquois Circular fort near Ashley, Indiana

A circular Iroquois fortification is located near Ashley, Indiana. This potential tourist attraction is also not recognized by the State. This ancient site is on private property but could be opened as a tourist attraction in the future.

6. Henge Complex near Cambridge City, Indiana

Henge complex at Cambridge City, Indiana. The northern Henge was aligned to the summer solstice sunrise with the lower aligned to the equinox sunrise. One of Indiana's best historical sites. If you are looking for things to do Indianapolis, this site is only an hour away, but has not been opened to the public, yet.

This Adena Henge constructed in 200 B.C. is the same size as the one in Anderson, Indiana. It is currently being plowed and slowly over time, destroyed.

7. Large Henge in Strawtown, Indiana

HengeHenge, near Strawtown was constructed by the ancient Hopewell Confederacy. This henge was constructed by the Oto Sioux Indians about 2000 year ago.

8. HengeHenge, near Yorktown, Indiana

Henge near Yorktown, Indiana on private land. The Henge site at Yorktown, Mounds State Park, New Castle and Cambridge City are all about 20 miles apart.

9. Subterranean Oval Stone enclosure near LaFountain, Indiana

The purpose of this stone subterranean enclosure remains a mystery. It is located near the 1812 Mississenewa Battle Ground, but is much older than the short Miami Indian occupation of northern Indiana.

A sacred stone bowl with a natural spring that flows into it along the Mississenwa River. This site is on public land near the subterranean stone work.

10. Winchester, Indiana Earthwork

Winchester, Indiana work that measured 1320 X 1080 feet. Only a few remnants still exist of this possible tourist attraction.

All sites are listed here along with another 75 in Indiana and a total of 222 burial mounds and earthworks in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Michigan

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