We've lived in Alabama for 7 years now and only just visited Moundville Archaeological Park. It never sounded like a place we'd be interested in, but yesterday, while out for a Sunday drive with no particular aim in view, I told my husband to follow the signs for Moundville so we could finally see what it was like. We were not all that happy to find out that admission was $8 per person (adult), and the AAA discount is a whole 50 cents per person. But we decided to take a chance and pay it--and ended up glad that we did. And for someone who is as cheap as I am, that's saying something.
I won't describe the place as I'm sure others have done so but I will say that we both enjoyed walking the grounds that were both peaceful and beautiful, taking a nature trail down to the Black Warrior River, climbing the biggest mound (okay, that wasn't terribly enjoyable, but worth the effort), and visiting the museum. Having visited our share of small museums, we were very pleasantly surprised at how well done it was. Nothing cheesy at all about it but very fine displays that taught us a lot about the culture of these ancient people. I only wish I could have purchased a reproduction of the Moundville Duck Bowl.
I went from zero knowledge about this ancient culture to learning a fair amount about it--and now I want to learn more and check out some books from the library Moundville.
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