The Moundville Museum: Telling the Story

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Moundville Archaeological Park Director Bill Bomar explains the concept of the new museum – using murals and amazingly life-like figures to depict a day in the life of Moundville, once the largest city north of Mexico City. Priceless treasures, unearthed here, are displayed. He notes how mysterious and intriguing this ancient culture remains.

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