Etowah Indian Mounds, Georgia - One of the most important ancient "Mississippian" sites in the USA.

    Rate this Adventure 2 miles 63 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Phil Konstantin

    Several very large ancient mounds located northwest of Atlanta, Georgia. There is a very good museum and a river nearby.

    Etowah Indian Mound State Historic Site - A Sacred Site for both the Cherokee and Muscogee Creeks located in northwestern Georgia. This is considered one of the most significant mound sites in North America. The museum does a good job of depicting how experts think the site looked when it was occupied. If you are in the area, it is well worth a visit. There are lots of open and shaded places to walk, or play.

    The official state park website says this: 

    Home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., this 54-acre site protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. Etowah Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast. Artifacts in the museum show how natives of this political and religious center decorated themselves with shell beads, paint, complicated hairdos, feathers and copper ear ornaments. Hand-carved stone effigies weighing 125 pounds still bear some original pigments. Objects made of wood, seashells and stone are also displayed.

    Visitors can follow a nature trail along the Etowah River where they can view a v-shaped fish trap used for catching fish. The trail also highlights how early civilizations used native trees for food and medicine.

    While only nine percent of this site has been excavated, examination at Mound C and surrounding artifacts revealed much about the people who lived here. They were a society rich in ritual. Towering over the community, the 63-foot earthen knoll was likely used as a platform for the home of the priest-chief. In another mound, nobility were buried in elaborate costumes accompanied by items they would need in their after-lives.

    Mound A, is 63 feet (19 m) high, taller than a six-story building.

    Leashed pets are allowed on historic site trails.

    You can watch my personal video of the site, below:

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