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Parkin in Cross County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Mississippian Garden

 

—Parkin Archaeological State Park —

 
Mississippian Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
1. Mississippian Garden Marker
Inscription. The legacy of the Mississippian culture lives forever through the Three Sisters Garden, like the one you see planted here.

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. Touch for map. Located at north side of parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 60 State Hwy 184, Parkin AR 72373, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 10 miles of this marker
Mississippian Garden and marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
2. Mississippian Garden and marker
, measured as the crow flies. Wittsburg in the Civil War (approx. 9.2 miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureNative Americans
 
Parkin Archaeological State Park sign. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
3. Parkin Archaeological State Park sign.
 
 
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 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 19, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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