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Archive of Moundville Archaeology
Maps and GIS Layers


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This page contains maps, GIS layers, and aerial photographs pertaining to the archaeology of Moundville and related sites in the Black Warrior Valley of west-central Alabama. The materials are arranged in the following categories:

  1. Base Maps
  2. Moundville Mapping Project, GIS Layers
  3. Knight Mound Excavations, Field Maps
  4. Knight Mound Excavations, Published Maps
  5. Knight Mound Excavations, GIS Layers
  6. Depression-Era Excavations at Moundville
  7. Miscellaneous Excavations at Moundville
  8. Historical Maps of Moundville
  9. Aerial photographs of Moundville
  10. Regional Soil Maps
Unless otherwise specified, the raster images and GIS layers (shapefiles) on this page are georeferenced to the master site grid at Moundville, which corresponds to the local UTM coordinates (zone 16). Sometimes these coordinates are reported in a truncated form, including only the last four digits to the left of the decimal point. Here the full UTM coordinates are used. The geodetic model has the following parameters: datum, NAD 1927; ellipsoid, Clark 1866; semi-major axis, 6378206.40; flattening-ratio denominator, 294.98.

[The documents on this site were compiled by Vincas P. Steponaitis and R. P. Stephen Davis, Jr. Please email comments and suggestions to the former at vps@email.unc.edu and to the latter at rpsdavis@unc.edu.]
 


A.   Base Maps:
  1. Composite Base Map of Moundville. Version 1.0 (updated 1/9/2011). Georeferenced to Moundville site grid (UTM zone 16).
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B.   Moundville Mapping Project, GIS Layers:
  1. Map #92-1. Composite Map of Moundville Archeological Park. Plaza topography and cultural features collected from aerial photographs taken March 26, 1991 (scale 1" = 1,320'). Ravine topography is varied in source and contour interval. Digitized for the Moundville Mapping Project by Joseph M. Partlow, Center for Land Information Analysis and Mapping, Department of Geography, University of Alabama, August 1992. Georeferenced to Moundville site grid (UTM zone 16).
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  2. Map #92-2. Map of Moundville Archeological Park. Topography and cultural features collected from aerial photographs taken March 26, 1991 (scale 1" = 1,320'). Digitized for the Moundville Mapping Project by Joseph M. Partlow, Center for Land Information Analysis and Mapping, Department of Geography, University of Alabama, August 1992.
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  3. Map #92-3. Riverbank Area, Moundville. Based on a map made for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District (scale 1" = 100'); topography by J. Burris (Woolpert), December 1980. Digitized for the Moundville Mapping Project by Joseph M. Partlow, Center for Land Information Analysis and Mapping, Department of Geography, University of Alabama, August 1992.
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  4. Map #92-4. Mound B Area and Ravines. Based on maps (3 sections) titled "Mound State Park - Topographic Survey" (scale 1" = 50'), made by the Summer Surveying Camp, August 1970. Digitized for the Moundville Mapping Project by Joseph M. Partlow, Center for Land Information Analysis and Mapping, Department of Geography, University of Alabama, August 1992.
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  5. Map #92-5. Mounds P and Q, Moundville. Based on separate topographic maps made by Vernon J. Knight and Richard A. Krause, July 1989. Digitized for the Moundville Mapping Project by Joseph M. Partlow, Center for Land Information Analysis and Mapping, Department of Geography, University of Alabama, August 1992.
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  6. Map #92-6. Topographic Map, Mound Park, Alabama. Based on a map made by the Alabama Museum of Natural History (scale 1" = 100'). Digitized for the Moundville Mapping Project by Joseph M. Partlow, Center for Land Information Analysis and Mapping, Department of Geography, University of Alabama, August 1992. [Not georeferenced.]
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  7. Map #92-7. Northwest Quadrant, Moundville. Based on a map made for the National Park Service by P.L. Cox, September 1938. Contour interval, 1 ft. Digitized for the Moundville Mapping Project by Joseph M. Partlow, Center for Land Information Analysis and Mapping, Department of Geography, University of Alabama, August 1992.
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  8. Map #92-8. Mound A. Based on a map made for the National Park Service by P.L. Cox, September 1938 (scale 1" = 20'). Contour interval, 1 ft. Digitized for the Moundville Mapping Project by Joseph M. Partlow, Center for Land Information Analysis and Mapping, Department of Geography, University of Alabama, August 1992.
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C.   Knight Mound Excavations, Field Maps:
  1. Topographic map of Mound E. Contour interval, 50 cm. Surveyed and drawn by Vernon J. Knight, Jr. and Robyn L. Astin, December 1993.
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  2. Topographic map of Mound F. Contour interval, 50 cm. Surveyed and drawn by Vernon J. Knight, Jr. and Robyn L. Astin, September 1995.
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  3. Topographic map of Mound G. Contour interval, 50 cm. Surveyed and drawn by Vernon J. Knight, Jr. and Robyn L. Astin, December 1993.
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  4. Topographic map of Mound P. Contour interval, 50 cm. Surveyed and drawn by Vernon J. Knight, Jr. and Richard A. Krause, July 1989.
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  5. Topographic map of Mound Q. Contour interval, 50 cm. Surveyed and drawn by Vernon J. Knight, Jr. and Richard A. Krause, July 1989.
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D.   Knight Mound Excavations, Published Maps:
  1. Contour map of Mound A, showing the grid system and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm. Published as Figure 6.47 in Vernon J. Knight, Jr., Mound Excavations at Moundville: Architecture, Elites, and Social Order, University of Alabama Press, 2010.
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  2. Contour map of Mound E (1993), showing the grid system and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm. Published as Figure 5.2 in Vernon J. Knight, Jr., Mound Excavations at Moundville: Architecture, Elites, and Social Order, University of Alabama Press, 2010.
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  3. Contour map of Mound F (1995), showing the grid system and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm. Published as Figure 6.18 in Vernon J. Knight, Jr., Mound Excavations at Moundville: Architecture, Elites, and Social Order, University of Alabama Press, 2010.
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  4. Contour map of Mound G (1993), showing the grid system and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm. Published as Figure 6.33 in Vernon J. Knight, Jr., Mound Excavations at Moundville: Architecture, Elites, and Social Order, University of Alabama Press, 2010.
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  5. Contour map of Mound M (1971), showing the grid system and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm. Published as Figure 7.7 in Vernon J. Knight, Jr., Mound Excavations at Moundville: Architecture, Elites, and Social Order, University of Alabama Press, 2010.
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  6. Contour map of Mound Q (1989), showing the grid system and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm. Published as Figure 4.3 in Vernon J. Knight, Jr., Mound Excavations at Moundville: Architecture, Elites, and Social Order, University of Alabama Press, 2010.
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  7. Contour map of Mound R (1993), showing the grid system and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm. Published as Figure 6.8 in Vernon J. Knight, Jr., Mound Excavations at Moundville: Architecture, Elites, and Social Order, University of Alabama Press, 2010.
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E.   Knight Mound Excavations, GIS Layers:
  1. Mound E (1993), topography and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm.
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    • AtlasGIS files [ZIP]
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  2. Mound F (1995), topography and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm.
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  3. Mound G (1993), topography and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm.
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  4. Mound M (1971), topography and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm.
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  5. Mound P (1989), topography and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm.
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  6. Mound Q (1989), topography and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm.
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  7. Mound R (1993), topography and excavations. Contour interval, 50 cm.
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    • ESRI shapefiles, georeferenced [ZIP]


F.   Depression-Era Excavations at Moundville:
  1. Administration Building, 1940 excavations.
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  2. Museum Parking Area, 1941 excavations.
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  3. Roadway, 1939-1940 excavations. [PDF notes]
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G.   Miscellaneous Excavations at Moundville:
  1. Mound E, 1993-1997 excavations.
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  2. Mound F, 1993-1996 excavations.
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  3. Mound G, 1993 excavations.
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  4. Mound M, 1970-1971 excavations.
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  5. Mound R, 1993 excavations.
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  6. South of Mound R, 2005 excavations.
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  7. Mound X, 2004 excavations.
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H.   Historical Maps of Moundville:
  1. Map of Moundville in 1905. First published in Clarence B. Moore (1905), "Certain Aboriginal Remains of the Black Warrior River," Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 13: 123-244. [Georeferenced position approximate.]
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  2. Map of Mound Park Situated near Moundville Alabama. [Lower right corner:] This park is the property of the Alabama Museum of Natural History / Dr. Walter B. Jones director. [Lower right corner along neatline:] March 12th, 1930. [Lower left corner:] This Park was surveyed and mapped for the Alabama Museum of Natural History by G.W. Jones & Sons, Engr's. Huntsville, Alabama. [Excavated(?) areas indicated and annotated as to the density of remains.] [Georeferenced position approximate.]
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  3. Topographic Map of Mound Park Situated near Moundville Alabama. [Lower right corner:] This park is the property of the Alabama Museum of Natural History / Dr. Walter B. Jones dir. [Lower right corner along neatline:] Carl Jones, May 6th, 1930. [Lower left corner:] Survey and Plat made for the Alabama Museum of Natural History by G.W. Jones & Sons, Engrs., Huntsville, Ala., April 1930. [Lower left corner along neatline:] Elevations Connected with Govt. Bench Mark. [Georeferenced position approximate.]
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  4. Moundville Topography and Archaeological Excavations 1905-1951. [Below scale:] C.S. Peebles 1969. [Lower right corner:] Base Maps / Mound State Monument General Development Plan. Prepared by the Alabama Museum of Natural History and U.S. Department of the Interior -- National Park Service. Scale 1" = 200'. Dated 27 June 1940. / Topographic Map of Mound Park Situated near Moundville Alabama. A survey and plat made for the Alabama Museum of Natural History by G.W. Jones & Sons Engrs., Huntsville, Ala., April 1930. Scale 1" = 100', Countour Interval 1' (also a working copy, untitled, of the same map with a contour interval of 5'). / Field notes and maps from the files of Mound State Monument. [Georeferenced position approximate.]
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  5. [Moundville site detail.] Fosters, Ala. U.S. Geological Survey, 7.5 minute topographic quadrangle, 1969.
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I.   Aerial photographs of Moundville:
  1. Aerial photograph of Moundville, ca. 1935. Alabama Air National Guard. Published as Figure 1 in C. S. Peebles, M. J. Schoeninger, V. P. Steponaitis, and C. M. Scarry (1981), A Precious Bequest: Contemporary Research with the WPA-CCC Collections from Moundville, Alabama. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 376: 433-447.
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  2. Aerial photograph of Moundville, 26 April 1938. Original source unknown. Alabama Maps, Cartographic Research Laboratory, University of Alabama, downloaded 14 January 2011. [Not georeferenced.]
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  3. Aerial photographs of Moundville, 27 February 1952. Stereo pair. U.S. Geological Survey. U.S.G.S. EarthExplorer, Aerial Photo Single Frames, downloaded 11 October 2010. [Not georeferenced.]
  4. Aerial photographs of Moundville, 1 March 1966. Stereo pair. U.S. Geological Survey. U.S.G.S. EarthExplorer, Aerial Photo Single Frames, downloaded 11 October 2010. [Not georeferenced.]
  5. Aerial photograph of Moundville, 30 April 1980. U.S. Air Force. [Not georeferenced.]
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  6. Aerial photograph of Moundville, 25 January 1992. Scale bar, 500 m. Google Earth, downloaded 4 April 2009. [Not georeferenced.]
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  7. Aerial photomosaic of Moundville, eastern portion 17 January 1999, western portion 25 January 1992. Scale bar, 500 m. Google Earth, downloaded 4 April 2009. [Not georeferenced.]
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  8. Aerial photograph of Moundville, 15 June 2006. Scale bar, 500 m. Google Earth, downloaded 4 April 2009. [Not georeferenced.]
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J.   Regional Soil Maps:
  1. [Greene County, 1923:] Soil map. Alabama. Greene County Sheet. Soils surveyed by J. F. Stroud, R. T. Avon Burke, James Thorp, A. W. Goke, and Clarence Lounsbury. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Soils, in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, 1923. [Not georeferenced.]
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  2. [Hale County, 1909:] Soil map. Alabama. Hale County Sheet. Soils surveyed by R. W. Rowe, William G. Smith, and C. S. Waldrop. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Soils, in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, 1909. [Not georeferenced.]
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  3. [Hale County, 1935:] Soil map. Hale County. Alabama. Soils surveyed by M.J. Edwards, B. H. Williams, A. L. Gray, C. H. Wonser, M. E. Stephens, and M. E. Swann. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, 1935. [Not georeferenced.]
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  4. [Tuscaloosa County, 1911:] Soil map. Alabama. Tuscaloosa County Sheet. Soils surveyed by R. A. Winston, W. J. Latimer, L. Cantrell, W. E. Wilkinson, and A. C. McGehee. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Soils, and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, 1911. [Not georeferenced.]
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