Twin Mounds Site

Twin Mounds Site
(15 BA 2)
Mississippian sites on Lower Ohio Map HRoe 2010.jpg
Mississippian sites on the Lower Ohio River
Twin Mounds Site is located in Kentucky
Twin Mounds Site
Location within Kentucky today
LocationCairo, IllinoisBallard County, Kentucky USA
RegionBallard County, Kentucky
Coordinates37°4′3.50″N 89°8′38.58″W / 37.0676389°N 89.1440500°W / 37.0676389; -89.1440500
Founded1300 CE
CulturesMississippian culture
Site notes
Architectural stylesPlatform mound
Responsible body: private

The Twin Mounds Site (15BA2) (also known as the Nolan Site) is a Mississippian culture archaeological site located near Barlow in Ballard County, Kentucky, just north of the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.


The site consists of two large platform mounds around a central plaza and a large 2 metres (6.6 ft) thick midden area. The site was occupied from 1200 to about 1450 CE during the Dorena and Medley Phases of the local chronology. For most of its history, it was contemporaneous with another local site, Wickliffe Mounds, which is several miles to the southeast.

It is thought that when Wickliffe was slowly abandoned around 1300, the population had been slowly relocating to the Twin Mounds Site.[1]


A rare Cahokia made Missouri flint clay 17.8 centimetres (7.0 in) human effigy pipe was found during excavations at the site.[2]

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  1. ^ Pollack, David (2008), "Chapter 6:Mississippi Period", in David Pollack (ed.), The Archaeology of Kentucky:An update (PDF), Kentucky Heritage Council, p. 626, retrieved 2010-10-29
  2. ^ Townsend, Richard F.; Sharp, Richard V., eds. (2004-10-11). Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-10601-5.

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