Friday, 28 October 2016

Mounds State Park...

After visiting Fort Harrison State Park, we continued our journey towards Grabill. We had lunch in Anderson, Indiana, and noticed that we were quite close to Mounds State Park. We visited this interesting place, steeped in ancient history.

There are several ceremonial mounds here, that were built out of the earth, and date from around 160 BC. There are many similarities to Stonehenge in the UK and other ancient sites around the world, as what they were actually used for is still shrouded in mystery. The mounds are laid out in a way that corresponds to the summer and winter solstice and the spring and autumn equinox.

 Handmade dugout canoe near the Nature Centre.
 The historic Bronnenberg House, built by German settlers around 1840.
 They have lovely carved wooden benches throughout the park.
 Approaching the Great Mound.
 The ditch between the outer wall and the inner section of the Great Mound.
 View towards the inner section.
 The whole Great Mound.
 Display showing how the Great Mound and surrounding mounds line up with the solstice and equinox.
 Nature Centre at Mounds State Park.
 Inside the Nature Centre.
 Children's adventure garden outside.
 Great use of old cooking pots.
 Leaving Mounds State Park.

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