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“Great History”

Etowah Indian Mounds State Park
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Owner description: The park contains a hiking trail to the mounds, as well as a museum of Indian artifacts.
Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

Nice little place on a sunny day only $5.50 for adults. There's a short movie about history of the people we watched first. They have many artifacts on display that were found on mounds they've explored so far on sight the best are the statues found at mound C. Outside we walked to first mound it's equivalent to 6 story building so it's nice hike up the stairs but the view is great at the top. There's 2 more smaller mounds to climb also. We then went to the V in the river where they caught fish its very peaceful place they have benches where you can sit.

Thank JMRow
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

For over 600 years this location served as a regional center of population, commerce and religious influence over the surrounding area. Ground penetrating radar studies have allowed archaeologists a vision of busy plazas, streets and neighborhoods. Huge earthen mounds, the main one six stories tall, rose above the town and were focal points for administration and ceremonial rituals. If you've grown up in the Southeast you've chanced upon examples of the Mississippian mound cultures before, but this one provides good interpretation and artifacts to bring it all together. Three of the mounds still stand. The central one towers over the plaza area and allows visitors who climb the stairs to the top an opportunity to imagine from above the layout of the town and the feeling of being a "chief" gazing over the river, the streets, the plaza and out to the distant mountains. Its been cleared of the trees that once still rose from its side, and so you walk out from the museum and are immediately wowed by its size and grandeur.

There's a museum with well chosen artifacts on display and a brief 15 minute film that introduces you to the history of native americans in the Southeast. This culture predates the well known Cherokee and helps to fill in some of the history you didn't pick up in high school. Even if you don't care for museums, at least go inside to see the two marble statues excavated from one of the three remaining large mounds. They are unique. The banks of the river offer shaded benches and swings for sitting and enjoying the day. Signage needs to be redone as it is fading and becoming difficult to read. The signifiant budget cutbacks to state parks in Georgia show up here in reduced staffing and weekly hours. We were fortunate to catch it open on a Wednesday so check if they're open before making the trip. Plenty of restaurants in nearby Cartersville, along with the top of the line Booth Museum, give you enough to occupy a full day with rich experiences.

Thank SkipJAtlanta
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

The mounds are the relics of Mississippian Indians who appear to have been village or town builders in what roughly corresponded to the Medieval period in the old world. The mounds housed significant buildings with the rest of the town surrounding them. Archeological material excavated from the mounds and their surrounds is located in the adjacent museum; the mounds themselves can be climbed with the largest providing a particularly good view over the surrounding countryside. Relics of the Indian fishing activities can be seen in the river which runs alongside the settlement. A reproduction of a typical house stands on the edge of the site.

The site itself is simple; the mounds are essentially it but when coupled with the descriptions and artefacts on display in the small museum the whole package struck me as a very evocative one which takes you back to a world which preceded the arrival of Europeans and where life was almost unimaginably different. The site isn't isolated but it does have a self-contained quality which promotes reflection and helps engender a sense of the past. Unlike some other visitors we found the staff at the museum helpful enough although to be frank the well-organised and appealing small museum was clear enough in its exposition of the site and its context, the life an culture of native Americans between the 10th and 16th centuries.

This isn't a blockbuster historical site, it is quite low key. However it does capture an era and it is thought-provoking so I would encourage people to visit and support the park.

1  Thank lancashireexile
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

The GA State parks system has had a lot of budget cuts that have hurt the parks. The Park Rangers at Etowah go the extra mile to make up the difference. This is a great site to take your children to visit.

2  Thank CLockTravler
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

This place has a great museum with artifacts removed from several of the onsite mounds. Do not forget to visit the fish weir, a type of trap native Americans used to catch fish, which is located in the Etowah river in the park.

Thank hbrooks17
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