Friday, July 30, 2010

Ancient Earthworks at Mounds State Park, Anderson, IN

We went "mounding" today in Anderson and saw some Adena-Hopewell earthworks which has been on my list of things to do since... oh say about the time I moved here. There are ten earthworks in the park and we managed to see half of them with the intention of returning in the not so distant future to finish the list.

I was thoroughly amazed by the Great Mound (160 BC) which piqued my interest in seeing the Serpent Mound in Ohio. I always remember that Maya Lin was inspired by these locations especially evident in her "Storm King Wave Field" below.

It is impossible to photograph these locations well and the experience of walking around the entire mound takes the place of a still image. With something this old, I began to wonder about the ages of the trees around me which led to an entirely different topic... how appropriate is it to mow a mound?

It was a peaceful experience until my i-Phone made the sound of a glass pinging loudly. Hannah then reminded me that the silence button actually worked on this one (a fact that hasn't sunk in yet) and we were then able to visit the place without more technological interruptions.

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