And, as always, click on each photo here to view a larger image.
Now, back now to our regularly scheduled programming, so to speak. That dinner last night at Macon’s own Fish N’ Pig was a delight. But we’re really here to learn more about American Indian Mound cultures.
Mr. Jim David, long-serving Superintendent of the Ocmulgee National Monument, generously agreed to an audio interview earlier today. I told his assistant it would take only five minutes or so. But in the event, we talked for over a half-hour! I learned a lot.
Jim’s enthusiasm for the Site, and for his role in preserving and presenting it to the public, was evident throughout. He clearly enjoys talking about Ocmulgee, and does so regularly to school and community groups throughout the year.
During our chat I asked Jim what he considered the most important aspect of the Ocmulgee Site. He replied without hesitation, “The Earthlodge.”
Some folks had difficulty getting the embedded mp3 files to play last time. So instead of embedding here, the above links directly to the file hosted on my LibSyn account. It should open and play immediately in your default audio program. Let me know if you have any difficulty.
Here’s a snap of the sign near the Lodge. Have a close look at the rare photo taken during the 1930s discovery and restoration work. All told, over 800 people were involved in that restoration effort.
The Lodge structure is oriented precisely so that sun shines directly through this entryway only twice a year, on February 22nd and October 22nd, illuminating the three seats on the raised platform. Two important dates for an agricultural society: planting and harvest.
If you haven’t done so already, go back and listen to Mr. David’s explanation of the significance of this incredible Earthlodge. You also can find more information about the Lodge on the Ocmulgee website. Click here for that.
Next time we’ll take a closer look at the Great Temple Mound here at Ocmulgee. So stay tuned.