Dauphin Island Indian Shell Mound Park

Dauphin Island Indian Shell Mound Park (HM2AQD)

Location: Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Mobile County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 15.357', W 88° 6.452'

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This park and bird refuge dates from the Mississippian Period (AD 1100 to 1550). Native Americans, who roasted oysters and fished in adjacent Dauphin Island Bay, visited the shell mounds for centuries. From excavations carried out in 1990, archaeologists learned that these shell mounds were occupied according to a seasonal schedule, most often in the late winter and spring. When viewed in profile, the shell mounds are seen to contain many layers, some thick ones made up primarily of oyster shells, and intervening layers of charcoal, fish bones, and potsherds. This pattern was produced by repeated visits to the same location by small bands of people over many centuries. The modern Choctaw and Creek tribes continued to fish and harvest oysters in the area until the 1830s. Artifacts include many pieces of cooking pots broken by prehistoric occupants. Stone tools are scarce, due to the difficulty of finding tool-quality stone in the coastal plain. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Dauphin Island
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Date Added Friday, August 24th, 2018 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 393452 N 3347666
Decimal Degrees30.25595000, -88.10753333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 15.357', W 88° 6.452'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 15' 21.42" N, 88° 6' 27.12" W
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Area Code(s)251
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 830 Iberville Dr, Dauphin Island AL 36528, US
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