Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
NOTICE: Open Wednesday through Saturday.

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.


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Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 34.127816 | W -084.806550

Located 5 miles southwest of I-75 exit #288. Follow brown directional signs.

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Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
813 Indian Mounds Rd., S.W.
Cartersville, GA 30120
 


Phone
770-387-3747

Artifact ID and Celebrate Archaeology
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Celebrate Archaeology month by learning about archaeology. Dr. Lloyud Schroder will be here to identify your artifacts, so bring them by. Staff from the Waring Lab will be here after noon to show you how archaeologist learn things from artifacts...  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Junior Ranger Camp at Etowah Mounds
Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 until Friday, Jun 13, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Jr. Rangers, age 9-12 yrs old, join us at Etowah Indian Mounds for three days of fun. Crafts, storytelling, dig boxes, games of skill and other outdoor activities are planned daily, Wednesday through Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm. Space is limited, so be ready to register. Registration begins May 1.  $45. 770-387-3747.
Day of Discovery
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Join in on our "Scavenger Hunt Challenge", unlock our History Trail Geochallenge, do an activity, and enjoy activities to learn about plants, animals, and archaeology.  $2.00 - $6.00 770-387-3747.
Native American Games Day
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Learn about games that early Native Americans played and how they have influenced modern games and sports.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Summer's For The Birds
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
This will be a great day to learn about birds and birding. Join us on a bird walk to see if you can identify any birds we see or hear.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Support Etowah by lending a hand with a service project along our nature trail. $5 parking. 770-387-3747.
Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Come see demonstrations of primitive skills that were essential to the Native Americans of the Southeast in prehistoric times.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Experience Etowah at night on a hayride and finish the evening with snacks and a fireside story.  $2 - $8. 770-387-3747.
Address
813 Indian Mounds Rd., S.W.
Cartersville, GA 30120
Bartow County
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