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Marker ID: AHA 
Location: at the intersection of Mound Parkway and State Highway 69, Moundville, Alabama
County: Hale
Coordinates: N 33° 0.181    W 087° 37.135
  33.00301666    -87.61891666
Waymark: None


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.

Erected by Alabama Historical Commission.

End of Moundville