Ancient Civilizations of Georgia
Georgia’s Native Americans constructed impressive structures (referred to as Indian mounds) throughout the state for over 4,000 years. The building of these Ancient Civilizations of Georgia occurred across three
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separate archaeological time periods: the Archaic period, the Woodland period, and the Mississippian period.
The first monumental constructions, the Sapelo Shell Ring complex, were built along the Atlantic coast during the Archaic period. In fact, these structures are older than the pyramids in Egypt! These Native Americans also created some of the earliest pottery ever found in North America.
The next major constructions, Rock Eagle and Rock Hawk, were not built until the Woodland period.Along with these bird effigy mounds, other constructions during this time period include mysterious stone walls such as Fort Mountain encircling the tops of many north Georgia mountains and
the first major site to include truncated pyramid mounds– Kolomoki (in southwest Georgia.) Kolomoki’s inhabitants created the largest city north of Mexico during its time period and also created designs on pottery indicating a detailed knowledge of astronomy!
This building activity reached its height during the Mississippian period when more and larger truncated pyramid mounds, temple mounds, funeral mounds and circular earth lodges were constructed at places such as Ocmulgee and Etowah. This explosion of monumental building occurred after a new religious cult entered the southeast originating possibly in Mexico.
So come along and join us for the epic story of the Ancient Civilizations of Georgia’s Native Americans. Each site features several multimedia elements including a short video, 360 degree interactive panoramas, 3D computer animations, and an image gallery.
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