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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.

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


Birding at the Mounds
Saturday, May 14, 2016 9 AM - 11 AM

Archaeology and Artifact ID Day
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10 AM - 4 PM

Etowah's "Hidden Gems" Hike
Saturday 4th Week of Month from May 28, 2016 until Jul. 23, 2016 10 AM

Etowah Nature Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 10 AM - 12 PM

Junior Ranger Camp #1 ages 10-12 and Camp#2 ages 7-9
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 - Friday, Jun 10, 2016 10 AM - 2 PM

Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 10 AM - 3 PM

Etowah Games Day
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 10 AM - 1 PM

Launch the AmeriCorps Dugout Canoe
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Summer's For The Birds
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Invasive Plant Awareness - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM - 1 PM

Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 10 AM - 4 PM

Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 7 PM - 9 PM




Address
813 Indian Mounds Road SW
Cartersville, GA 30120
(MapQuest)

Directions

GPS Coordinates:

N 34.127816 | W -084.806550


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



Phone
(770) 387-3747

 
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