Moundville museum reopening after $5M facelift

Moundville, Alabama (AP) May 2010

The University of Alabama is reopening its archaeological museum at Moundville after a lengthy renovation that cost $5 million.

The Jones Archaeological Museum reopened May 15 at the Moundville Archaeological Park in Hale County, south of Tuscaloosa. The site was a major Native American community for more than 400 years starting in the year 1000.

The museum’s new format resulted from a collaboration between archaeologists, artists and Native American scholars. The goal was to create an up-to-date, in-depth interpretation of the culture at Moundville.

Among the exhibits are several Moundville artifacts that have been housed at the Smithsonian Institution for more than a century. In all, the museum will have more than 200 historic pieces.

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