Lake Jackson Mounds State Archaeological Site, one of the Florida’s most important archaeological sites, is a 41-acre excavation. It is thought to have been the political as well as the religious center between 1200 and 1500 A.D. The tallest mound here is more than 35 feet high.
The site was once known to be a large ceremonial center dating back to the Fort Walton period of Florida’s history (1000 A.D.-1450 A.D.). The entire site is composed of six earth temple mounds. Pottery, stone tools and the location and shape of the mounds have been used to classify the age and culture of the site. There is evidence that the Lake Jackson Indians partook in a southeastern socio-religious complex known to archaeologists as the “Southern Cult” or “Southeastern Ceremonial Complex,”which prospered around A.D. 1200. The area was possibly the political and religious center for Indians of this location during the period A.D. 1200 till A.D. 1500.