Moundville Archaeological Park
13075 Moundville Archaeological Park
Moundville, AL 35474
The University of Alabama's Moundville Archaeological Park is the second largest Mississippian Indian ceremonial mound center in America. At its height, it was the largest city north of Mexico and contained some 30 flat-topped, rectangular earthen mounds. Ancient rulers and thousands of their subjects thrived within this city behind huge wooden walls. Mississippian society recognized nobles by birth and praised the feats of great artists, warriors and holy people. Each year, descendants of this vibrant culture return, celebrating the South's rich Indian heritage at the Moundville Native American Festival.
Slated for October 9 through 12, the festival features demonstrations, storytelling, music and dance performances, a children's hands-on area and living history encampments. An archaeological dig performed by the University of Alabama Department of Anthropology is open for visitors to see and to speak with archaeologists. Additionally, park gudes are stationed at the award-winning exhibits in the recently renovated Jones Archaeological Museum and at Alabama's tallest pyramdal mound to further interpret this world class site.
Contemporary and traditional artists and craftspeople exhibit and works made of clay, shell, stone, leather, feathers and wood in a wide assortment of wares. Reproductions of ancient artifacts as well as children's items are available. The festival also features a variety of foods, both traditional Native American and festival type fares.
Admission is $8.00 for students (ages 6 through college) and $10.00 for adults. Group rates are available with reservations. Festival hours are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Moundville Archaeological Park is located 13 miles south of Exit 71 A on I-20/59 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama off of State Highway 69.