Table of Contents for This Series
- Introduction, objectives, and route
- Lake Tobesofkee Claystone Park, near Macon Georgia.
- First visit to the Ocmulgee National Monument
- Dinner at Macon, Georgia’s Fish ‘n Pig Restaurant.
- Second visit to Ocmulgee’s Mounds
- Third visit to Ocmulgee’s Mounds
- Fourth visit to Ocmulgee’s Mounds and Grounds
- Drive to Henderson Beach State Park, Destin Florida and initial impressions of Park
- Walk around Henderson Beach State Park
- Drive to Fort Walton Beach, FL, first visit to Mound, and lunch at Tom and Peggy Rice’s Magnolia Grill
- Visit Temple Mound in Ft Walton Beach and Interview with Museum Director Gail Lynn Meyer
- The Temple Mound Museum Visit
- Temple Mound Museum Collection, Continued.
- Drive to McKinney COE Campground near Cartersville, Georgia, and campground.
- Visit to Etowah Mound Site, Cartersville, GA
- Visit to Etowah Mound Site, Continued
- The Museum at the Etowah Mound Site
Tomorrow’s the day! Departure date of the Great Southeast American Indian Mound Tour of 2010.
Many of you have written to ask about the Tour since I first mentioned it back in early January. Well … one person, anyway. So, here’s a map of the route.
Why the sudden interest in pre-Columbian American Indian culture? And why these three sites in particular? You may well ask.
I’ve been interested in pre-Columbian North and South American societies for some time. Especially in the political aspects of those societies. Societies capable of producing the impressive structures we marvel at today had to have well developed, effective political systems.
Archeology isn’t my academic field. Far from it. So, these posts and accompanying photos will reflect the reactions of an interested tourist. Hardly the informed observations of a trained archeologist. Or even those of an experienced amateur.
Reading their limited descriptions, I’ve long dreamed of visiting New Mexico and the Four Corners area to see the Anasazi ruins. Health issues have delayed that trip. It’s a “fur piece,” as we’d say OverHome, from South Carolina to New Mexico. Especially when hauling a travel trailer.
In the meantime, I began to read the popular and more accessible academic literature on the Anasazi, or Hisatsinom, culture. And branched from there out to more recent archeological work on pre-Columbian Mexican and South American societies.
But Mexico and South America too are unrealistically distant. So, some time last year I began reading about pre-Columbian inhabitants of the Southeastern United States. And discovered plenty of interesting sites within a day’s drive of Columbia, South Carolina!
That leaves the question of site selection. Two factors determined these three locations. First was proximity to the South Carolina Midlands. The Ocmulgee Mounds in Macon, Georgia, are only 4 or 5 hours away, for example. It’s a bit longer between Macon and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. And between Fort Walton Beach and the Etowah Mounds at Cartersville, Georgia. But still manageable.
The second factor was the availability of interpretive material. Each of these three locations – Ocmulgee, Fort Walton Beach, and Cartersville’s Etowah – maintains a significant museum collection. And in the case of Fort Walton Beach, an accessible research library. Important resources.