Tuesday, June 22, 2010

6/23 Outdoor Wednesday # 76

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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79 comments:

  1. lovely photos. thanks for this interesting tour.

    this is my first post for Outdoor Wednesday. And i entered my link first. :)))

    Happy Wednesday

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  2. Hello Susan, That is real intresting Native American history. We drove by Macon on our way to South Carolin beautiful country out there in Georgia. Thanks for sharing and hosting OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY.....J

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  3. What a wonderful place. It is amazing to see these earthen structures and to imagine a culture so unlike modern day existed here. Thanks for hosting.
    Sherry

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  4. Ooohwee it's tooo hot to even look outside LOL.

    Darlin' will you update the Georgia bloggers list?

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  5. How very cool! I did not know about these! I know of oyster mounds in Edisto but had no idea of earthen mounds in our neighboring state of Georgia! Thanks for sharing this, I would love to see them in person someday!

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  6. Fascinating place and so interesting. I have enjoyed learning about this park and burial mounds. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Beautiful shots, I remember visiting the monument when I lived in Georgia.

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  8. What an interesting place! And thanks for this informative post. Wouldn't you love to know what the mounds were really used for? So interesting! I had never heard ofocmulgee state park.
    Yvonne

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  9. Wow... the things that you learn on some else's blog... thanks for showing me somthing very interesting today! Great pics!

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  10. Thank you for this very interesting tour. It was informative and I enjoyed seeing all the various sights.

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  11. I've read a very entertaining trilogy by Stephen Lawhead about Mounds/Chairn like these in England so this fascinates me. Thanks for sharing Susan.

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  12. I remember teaching about the Mound Builders. Very interesting!
    Hope you are well, Susan!

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  13. Hi Susan,

    What a beautiful place! There is an Indian Mound in my hometown of Fort Walton Beach...so interesting. Beautiful pictures!!

    Miss Bloomers

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  14. Awesome job. Love all the pictures.

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  15. Sounds like an interesting place to visit...I've added it to my list. Macon would be about a 3 hour drive, so would be a nice weekend drive.

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  16. Great tour and the third picture is especially beautiful. ♥
    Jane T.

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  17. Hi,
    I am an archaeology buff so thank you for taking us on this great tour of the ancient mounds in Georgia! I'd love to get there to see them myself someday.


    Jean

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  18. Susan, hi... this is my first post to Outdoor Wednesday. I'm new to blogging and find it so much fun! I love seeing your table-settings. A beautiful table is a joy. In fact I have the "lettuce leaf" bowls in the slide-show. Thanks for making this opportunity available. Rhonda@MyTwistedRoad.com

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  19. Thanks for the tour. It was very interesting! Have a good week!!

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  20. How fun, Susan! You always share such fascinating places with us. I've never seen anything like what you've described today, must be very interesting! Great pics, btw.
    Stop by and say hello sometime!
    XO
    Heidi

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  21. I never knew of that place. I live near Cahokia, IL. I've been to the Mounds there and climbed to the top of the largest plateau. It's so fascinating what that culture did. Thanks for sharing and hosting.

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  22. Susan, Sorry but I have just posted the wrong post!!!! Any chance of you deleting it - I must be getting old I think.
    Suzyq

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  23. Definitely going to have to visit Ocmulgee National Monument the next time we go to Georgia. What an interesting place. Thank you for the cyber tour!

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  24. That's just such pretty country around the temple mound - candy for the eyes :)

    Tink *~*~*

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  25. Now this is another place to put on my "to do" list now that I'm living here in Georgia. So many places to see and experience!

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  26. Oh if we only knew for sure. I love historic puzzles like this. Our ancestors lived through some amazing times. If we just had some journals or texts to go by to explain all of it.

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  27. It's very interesting especially because it is here in our own country. Thanks for showing us.

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  28. That's a pretty impressive place. Thanks for sharing such an interesting series.

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  29. I love a bit of history tucked in with some beautiful outdoors scenery. It looks like a truly magical please you have got there.
    Thanks for hosting the party, it is my first time to link up.

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  30. Hi Susan,
    I love Outdoor Wednesday. I have a large yard and a lot of activity in the garden. I would love to visit your part of the country. Maybe someday.
    always
    Betty

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  31. Oh I love places like this.

    Thanks for hosting and happy OD Wednesday.

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  32. Beautiful photos. It's a beautiful place.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

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  33. Wow..what a wonderful to see! I like the information you're giving.

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  34. Interesting! This was the first I had heard of this site. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Becky K.

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  35. Looks like a place of interest ... thanks so much for the virtual tour and happy Outdoor Wednesday ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  36. I have always wanted to visit that site. One daughter went there on a field trip,but I was teaching myself at that time and couldn't chaperone. I find it very interesting!

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  37. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for hosting this party, it's always so much fun to see everyone's pictures.

    This monument is very interesting. I love visiting places like this and learning about it's history. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Sharlotte
    Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections

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  38. Hello Susan,

    What a great tour! I love historical places and learning about their history.

    Thank you so much for hosting this party.

    ~ Tracy

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  39. COOL!
    Mid-week Blessings ;-)

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  40. Well thank you SO much for hosting such a fun "Garden Party!" Can't wait to go visit everyone's gardens and garden ideas!!

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  41. Very neat. I had no idea there were mounds in Georgia. We have some here in Ohio that I visited in Elementary School - you just reminded me to take my son to go see them!

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  42. Very interesting! Thank you for sharing and for hosting Outdoor Wednesday!

    Mary Ellen

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  43. Susan, what an interesting area. Thank you for sharing these photos and the information about Ocmulgee, and thank you for hosting Outdoor Wednesday. ~ Sarah

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  44. Very interesting, Susan. I've visited several mound sites but not this one.
    Mama Bear

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  45. Fascinating Susan. I had no idea about mound sites and haven't heard of Ocmulgee before. Thanks for the tour and for hosting Outdoor Wednesday.

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  46. Wow! What a site! Thanks for sharing with us.
    A.
    :-)

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  47. Hi Susan, I drive through Macon all of the time when I go visit my daughters in Atlanta..I need to stop and visit this place...thanks for sharing the info.... hugs, Baba

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  48. There are some Indian mounds in our county that folks here want to develop - they're on private property, however. I think they're pretty well preserved. My daughter and I would love a day trip - she loves to say Olkumaweeggeee - when she sees the sign - kind of like Mario from the video games.
    She knows she's misreading the name - but has great fun with it. Thanks for sharing and hosting this fun party!
    Kathy

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  49. Love learning about different areas in the country. I've never been there, it's so interesting. I really love anything about Native Americans.

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  50. Thank you for hosting!! I'm your newest follower

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  51. Thank you for hosting! I am very new to this world of blogging (my first week, in fact) so it's great to get the opportunity to 'get out there' in blogland!

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  52. What treasures we have in our National Parks! So full of history and beauty.

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  53. Fascinating pictures! There's a similar place called Pinson Mounds near where I live in Jackson, TN. I took pics there back in the winter, but never got around to doing a post. Maybe I'll go ahead and do an "out of season" tour for your readers. Thank you for hosting! Sorry I arrived so late at the party!

    Bill

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  54. Makes you wonder why they call USA the New World when you have sites like these dotted around! Thanks for hosting OW, it's one of my favourite ports of call in blogland.

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  55. That was really cool Susan! Happy Outdoor Wednesday :)

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  56. Have been there!
    very interesting!
    happy beautiful Wednesday to you!
    warm sandy hugs!
    Loui♥

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  57. like a mini vacation, thanks for the great tour!

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  58. Hi Susan! Thanks for the visit to the mounds. I am really enjoying all of the Outdoor Wednesday blogs. Thanks for all the time you put into it. Debbie

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  59. we have some mounds a few hours away from me the schools go and visit every year

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  60. the mound looks like the one in Ireland...Newgrange, one of the world's most famous tombs built about 5,000 years ago!

    http://listphobia.com/2009/06/26/10-most-fascinating-tombs-in-the-world/

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  61. Beautiful pictures and a history lesson as well! Thanks for sharing...I love learning about so many different places. Maybe one day I will be able to visit.

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  62. Very lovely photos and an interesting history lesson. Thanks!
    Thank you also for hosting OW!

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  63. How interesting! I love anything to do with National Parks, Forests or Monuments. I have never heard of this place. Thanks for sharing it with us. :0)

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  64. Very interesting information, great pictures.

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  65. Susan, This is my first visit and link to Outdoor Wednesday. I have recently joined the blogging world to share the adventures with my square foot garden.

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  66. Looks like a huckleberry finn adventure to me!!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!!

    Kay Ellen

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  67. I would love to visit.
    We go through Macon on our way to Fl.

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  68. You always have the most interesting blog. We have Indian mounds in Mississippi, but I never thought about Georgia having them.

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  69. Amazing place and wonderful photos, Susan!

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  70. Thank you for the tour. Since I am unable to travel I live for these personal online tours.

    I am late and Mr. Linky is down, but please come visit me for a short tour of my yard.
    http://dogsmom.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/yard-art-sharing/

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  71. Hello and Happy Outdoor Wednesday!
    Those mounds are really interesting and so cool that they have been preserved!
    CailinMarie
    http://cailinyates.blogspot.com

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  72. I'm late to the party too, but I do have a submission...
    Gorgeous Blackberry Blossomshttp://imcelebratinglife.com/wordless-wednesday-thursday-edition-simply-green-blackberries

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  73. Hi Susan, I had to re-enter my blog post link, The other one did not work right..

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  74. I'm afraid I am a day late or two now as time is late, but I could not resist showing off the beautiful photos I captured. Sounds and looks like a wonderful day trip you had and I would so love to go there. Have a great week!

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  75. That was very interesting! I have never heard of those mounds before but I hope to visit them when my son goes to Captain School at Ft. Benning. thanks for the info.

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  76. thanks for letting me list my giveaway!

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