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Moundville, overlooking the Black Warrior River in west Alabama, was one of the largest prehistoric settlements in the United States. Join us at noon on Thursday, September 18, as John H. Blitz presents, “A Guide to Prehistoric Moundville.” This ArchiTreats: Food for Thought presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
Founded by Native Americans 800 years ago, Moundville was an important town of the Mississippian culture. Spread over more than 300 acres were 29 earthen mounds arranged around a great plaza, a mile-long stockade, and dozens of houses for hundreds of people. Later, Moundville changed from a populous town to a sacred place of ceremonies and funerals. By the mid-1500s, the site was abandoned. The precise link between Moundville’s inhabitants and Alabama’s historic Native American tribes remains a mystery. Today, the well-preserved remains are protected at Moundville Archaeological Park. In a talk illustrated with images of many artifacts found at Moundville, Dr. Blitz will present the story of the ancient people who lived there, the modern struggle to save the site from destruction, and the scientific saga of the archaeologists who brought the story to life.
This ArchiTreats presentation is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures presented by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information call (334) 353-4712 or go to www.archives.alabama.gov.
Updated: August 22, 2008
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435