Moundville (HMKIM)

Location: Moundville, AL 35474 Hale County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 0.181', W 87° 37.135'

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Site of a prehistoric Native American political and ceremonial center from about A. D. 1100-1500 that, at its height in the 13th century, was America's largest community north of Mexico. Between 1,000 and 3,000 people lived in this town fortified by a one-mile long wooden wall studded with guard towers. Moundville served as the capital of a powerful chiefdom of about 10,000 people living in smaller villages over a 60-mile stretch of the Black Warrior River Valley from present day Tuscaloosa to Demopolis. The Moundville people constructed 28 massive flat - topped earthen mounds arranged systematically around a vast central plaza. The mounds served as elevated platforms for civic and ceremonial structures and the homes of nobles.
The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series
Placed ByAlabama Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 2:19pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 442184 N 3651791
Decimal Degrees33.00301667, -87.61891667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 0.181', W 87° 37.135'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 0' 10.86" N, 87° 37' 8.10" W
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Area Code(s)205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 40278-43016 Carthage Branch Rd, Moundville AL 35474, US
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