Parkin in Cross County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
— Parkin Archaeological State Park —
The American Indians who lived here over 500 years ago were expert farmers whose most important crops were corn, beans, and squash - often referred to as the "Three Sisters."
Sunflowers, other plants, meat, and fish rounded out their diets.
The Mississippians had no refrigeration, but they made their harvests last by drying some food (corn, beans, meat) and processing it throughout the winter. Other foods, like squash and root vegetables kept well through the cold months.
Even though the diet was limited back then, can you think of delicious dishes you could have made with these foods?
Erected by Department of Arkansas Heritage.
Location. 35° 16.644′ N, 90° 33.28′ W. Marker is in Parkin, Arkansas, in Cross County. Marker is on Arkansas Route 184 0.4 miles north of U.S. 64, on the left when traveling north. Located at north side of parking lot. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wittsburg in the Civil War (approx. 9.2 miles away).
Categories. • Agriculture • Native Americans •
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 19, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.