This is the complete prehistoric history of Indiana's most popular tourists attractions in Madison County ,Indiana.
“By far the most unique and well-reserved earthworks in this State are on the banks of White River in Madison County, about three miles from Anderson, the county seat. See Plates E and F. The principal work in a group of eight show on Plate E, is a circular embankment with a deep ditch on the inside. The central area is 138 feet in diameter, and contains a mound in the center 4 feet high and 30 feet in diameter. There is a slight depression between the mound and the ditch. The gateway is 30 feet wide. Carriages may enter at the gateway and drive around the mound, as the ditch terminates on each side of the gateway. The ditch is 60 feet wide and 10-1/2 feet deep; the embankment is 63 feet wide at the base and 9 feet high, and the entire diameter of the circle is 384 feet.
Largest henge at Mounds State Park in Anderson. A henge is described as a circular work with an exterior earthwork with an interior ditch that surrounds a central platform. Henges generally have one gateway that is aligned to solar event. This henge is the exception with the gateway aligned to the setting of the bright star Fomalhaut and the rising of the bright star Auriga.
The small henge is visible in front of the trees in the background. A big hole is in the center of the work that is presumed to have been left by university archaeologists. The large henge can also be seen in the background. There is no sign to designate this work. Indiana only has money to destroy earthworks, not preserve them.
This the vesica pisca henge at Mounds Sate Park, that represents to circles overlapping at the center points. This shape is associated with Earth Mother worship, which is what these earthworks and site was dedicated to.
Drawing of the vesica pisca or fish vessel, this symbol was widely used in the ancient world. You make recognize it as the Jesus fish, so frequently seen on cars. Half of the vesica is what church windows represent, which symbolizes the soul ascending to heaven to be reborn. It is this regeneration that was practiced by the mound builders at Muunds State Park as the sun aligned with this earthwotk on December 22-25th each year.
This small earthwork is still visible at Mounds State Park, down the trail from the largest henge, where it sits in a wooded area.
Caves , springs and a serpent mound were at the bottom of the bluff, more on this below
More evidence that Mounds State Park was dedicated to the Earth Mother is the northern henge that has a gateway that is aligned to the May (May =Ma_ Mother) 1st sunrise.
Photo shows the deep ditch that surrounds the centralm platform of this henge dedicated to the Earth Mother at Mounds State Park.
Mounds State Park's Lost Henges. Henge on the bottom was aligned to the winter solstice sunrise. The other henge has a central platform that was 150 feet in diameter which is the most common for the larger henges. This work may have not been completed.
The henge alinged to the winter solstice can still be seen at Mounds Park, but the DNR does not want you to know. I have directions in my Travel Guide.
This is an old photograph of Mounds State Park at the bottom of the bluff, where there is stone serpentine mound. While most representation of the serpent are for the veneration of the sun, it was also used to symbolize the Earth Mother and the underworld spirits. The serpents location, which is adjacent to the cave entrance would be consistent with the underworld.
At the waters edge are several natural springs that ate high in iron oxides that have dyed the adjoing rock a deep red color. This red oxide also known as red ochre was commonly used by the moundbuilders in their burials and represented "rebirth" in the afterlife and was symbolic of the female menses.
Is Mounds State Park Haunted?
There are may stories of fairies or little people that have been seen around the park. Also, according to the Delaware Indian legend. They're a peaceful tribe of little people who are still living in the forest. People still report seeing them. They live in mounds in the area Alexandria (Anderson Area) Mounds State Park and they dress in blue gowns.
Indiana's best prehisitoric tourist attraction is
Mounds State Park is located 2 miles east of Anderson on Indiana 23
Mounds State Park
4306 Mounds Road
Anderson, Indiana 46017
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