Indian Mounds

This past weekend I was up in Georgia and JLee decided that I needed some education in the ways of Indian Mounds.

There's a few over there on the left. They're nice pretty grass things. Pretty big too.

I don't know if you can see it, but the higher mound has a couple of people on the staircase, around 2/3 of the way up. That gives you some scale on the size.

You might also be able to tell from that picture that it was an overcast day with rain threatening. We did get lucky tho and it was sunny and hot the entire time we were there It did rain both before and after while we were driving so we were fortunate to have good weather for our time amongst the mounds.


Here's some of that educational stuff that I was being exposed to.

The mounds were quite a construction feat for a civilization that didn't have much in the way of engineering tools. Either the leaders were very charismatic, powerful, or the people doing the digging and building were very very bored.

That's a whole lot of dirt to dig up with clam shells and the occasional copper axe.


This exhibit was dedicated to a different kind of Indian mound and I found my interest in education perking up for a while.

Corn was a major crop, y'know? Gotta love that corn. Nothing like nibbling on niblets to increase your appreciation for agriculture and the great realm of nature.

And besides, mounds that can be enjoyed in air conditioned surroundings are so much more civilized. However it was unfortunate that these mounds were not interactive. So it was back outside to climb the stairs again, all the way up to the sky .










Speaking of which, does it look like these stairs ever end?

The day before me and my old decrepit legs had climbed Kennesaw Mountain and as a result I can assure you, I felt every bloody stair in this staircase!

Comments

Teresa said…
I'll probably have to look into this further, but as of this moment, I'm not sure what the purpose of this is. I get that it's amazing to make those big piles without technology (?), but making piles of dirt sounds like a punishment -- not a feat. The hills look pretty much like the aftermath of grading lots for development to me.

More research necessary, I suppose?

(My first thought was that I'm not climbing that high, but then I realized that the stairs weren't far off from the hill. No height issue there.)
SassyAssy said…
I have visited the Cahokia Mounds in Missouri...quite impressive and fascinating! I didn't realize there were some in GA...might have to take a trip down there & check them out soon!
kenju said…
Kwitcher bitchin' ,Dave. It's good for you to walk like that. I think it is, anyway....LOL

I'm goin to Chas., WV this week and there is a mound near there, but smaller than yours. A psychic once said that mounds all over North America were built by the remnants of Atlanteans who came here after Atlantis broke up and disappeared.

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