Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

 
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.

Directions

GPS Coordinates:

N 34.127816 | W -084.806550
Located 5 miles southwest of I-75 exit #288. Follow brown directional signs.


Address
813 Indian Mounds Road SW
Cartersville, GA 30120
Bartow County
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Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
813 Indian Mounds Road SW
Cartersville, GA 30120 View Details


  34.127816
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

 


Phone
770-387-3747

Poke'mon Hike
Thursdays 3 PM - 4:30 PM – Sep 29, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Whether you're trying to catch them all or walking to hatch and egg, join a ranger led poke'-hike around the site, Thursday afternoons, and see what you can catch, or hatch, while learning something and having fun.  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Watch live demonstrations of crafts from the past. Learn about the skills Native Americans had that helped them survive in their everyday lives.  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible
Junior Ranger Activity Day at Etowah
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 9 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Junior Rangers will be participating in crafts and activities based around nature and primitive skills. They will learn about and use (under qualified supervision) bows and arrows, atl-atls, and blowguns. Dress for the weather and bring a picnic lunch. Registration is required...  $30. 770-387-3747.
Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Enjoy a hayride tour of the Etowah Mounds at night by torchlight followed by a fun evening of snacks and Native American stories. This is a Friends of Etowah Indian Mounds hosted event.  $5. 770-387-3747.
Last Saturday Hike
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Whether you want learn some of the site's history or just see some nature, come on out and enjoy part of the last day of the year at Etowah Indian Mounds and hike with a ranger around the site, before it closes for New Year's Eve.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, Jan 7, 2017 9:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Celebrate the New Year by going for a short leisure hike around Etowah Mounds. The hike includes a tour of the mounds and nature trail. The hike will be about 1. 5 miles long and takes about 2 hours (depending on the weather, wildlife seen, and the questions asked).  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.