It’s time for “Outdoor Wednesday”. Learn more about “Outdoor Wednesday” HERE
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The Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, Georgia is a national park preserving an area that has been inhabited for over 11,000 years - "from the Ice Age to the Space Age." It centers around several burial mounds and an earth lodge built by the native Mississippian people around 900-950 AD.
The first sight in the main area of the park is the Earth Lodge, a reconstructed council chamber of the Mississippian people that incorporates and protects the original 1,000-year old floor. A circle of seats and the symbolic bird effigy bring to life this building that had both political and spiritual significance. This is the largest of eight earth lodges discovered on the Macon Plateau.
From the Visitor's Center, a path leads past an early English trading post to the Lesser Temple Mound and Great Temple Mound, constructed around 900-950 AD during the Early Mississippian Period. You can climb the Great Temple Mound for a fine view of the city of Macon and the Ocmulgee National Monument.
The mounds were originally topped with rectangular wooden structures, probably for ritual use, and a steep rampway descended from the summit to the plaza below. The purpose of the mounds is not known for certain, but their existence seems to indicate a class of priests and/or chieftains who were greatly honored at their death.
The Lamar Mounds site includes the only known spiral mound in North America. Standing 20 feet tall, the mound was built and used from 1350 till the late 1500s. This mound is accessible during low water levels of the Ocmulgee River on a ranger-lead tour several times a year.
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