Marksville Prehistoric Indian Site

Marksville Prehistoric Indian Site
Burial mound at the site
Location: Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, USA
Nearest city: Marksville, Louisiana
Architect: Unknown
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference#: 66000372
Significant dates
Added to NRHP: October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL: July 19, 1964[2]

Marksville Prehistoric Indian Site, (16 AV 1), also known as Marksville State Historic Site, is a Hopewell tradition earthworks archaeological site in Louisiana, one mile (1.6 km) southeast of Marksville in Avoyelles Parish.



It the type site for the Marksville culture of prehistoric indigenous peoples of southeastern North America. Centuries later the Avoyel and Natchez tribes lived there until 1700 CE.[3] Burial mounds at the site are surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped earthen embankment about 3,000 feet (910 m) long.

The Marksville Site was the first scientifically excavated site of the Marksville Culture.

Landmark and access

The archaeological site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964.[2][4] The site is now also a State Commemorative Area.

The 42-acre (170,000 m2) site is maintained by the state of Louisiana and features a museum with artifacts found at the site and exhibits about the prehistoric people that lived in this Marksville culture area.[5] There are also trails to the mounds and picnic facilities.

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Coordinates: 31°07′29″N 92°02′52″W / 31.12472°N 92.04778°W / 31.12472; -92.04778

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