Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Great Southeast American Indian Mound Tour of 2010. Part VI

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Great and Lesser Mounds This is the view of the Great Temple Mound when looking across the agricultural storage area I mentioned a post or two ago. That’s the Lesser Mound on the right.

Imagine how these structures in their prime would have looked to visitors. Their sides smoothed with red clay. With large buildings at the top of each.

In a moment we’ll listen again to Superintendent Jim David describe what we know about these mounds. But first, some first-hand observations.

Path to Mound After visiting several other sites, I followed the path you see above down the hill. It passes the location of the English trading post established here in 1690 by a fellow from Charleston [Yes. Charleston, South Carolina!]. Then on down the hill toward the road, and water beyond.

Respect Sign If you can, wait to look up at the Mound until you reach the edge of the road. It’s an impressive site. More than just impressive, really. As this sign indicates. It’s still considered sacred by the Moscogee Nation. And no wonder.

Let’s listen now to Superintendent Jim David’s thoughts on this Mound. Click here for the audio.

Mound Steps The steps here are daunting for those of us with limited mobility. But nowhere near what awaits you a just a ways down the path! Note, though, the landings along the way with rest benches. It’s well worth the effort.

Flooded Fields Just take your time, and enjoy the view of the surrounding countryside as it unfolds before you. And be grateful you didn’t have to serve on the construction crew, carrying basket after basket of dirt to the top.

Macon From Mound The entire top of the Mound is accessible. Have a walk around. Not too close to the edge, though. It’s a long ways down. Especially toward the river. Here you see the buildings of downtown Macon.

Lesser Mound And here, the top of the Lesser Temple Mound, with its own set of steps.

Funeral Mound And in the distance, well past the Lesser Mound, the Funeral Mound.

Jim David describes the Funeral Mound and what we’ve learned from it. Click here for the audio.

Thanks again, Jim, for your time and for sharing your experience and expertise with us.

I have dozens of additional photos. All of which require at least some explanation. If time permits along the rest of this Tour I’ll add a few more of them in posts about this remarkable natural resource.

Front Desk There’s so much more to see. We haven’t even touched upon the recently renovated museum! Tomorrow morning I leave Macon for Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the site of another impressive Temple Mound and museum. So stay tuned.

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