Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site
- Seniors (62+): $5
- Adults: $6
- Youth (ages 6-17): $4
- Child (under 6): $2
- Group rates available with advance notice.: $please call 770-387-3747
- Youth Groups (ages 6-17): $3.50
Hours of Operation
- Tuesday : 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday : 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday : 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday : 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday : 9:00am - 5:00pm
Home to several thousand Native Americans between 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., this 54-acre site contains six earthen mounds, a plaza, village area, borrow pits and a defensive ditch. This is the most intact Mississippian culture site in the southeastern United States. While only 9 percent of this site has been excavated, examination at Mound C and surrounding artifacts revealed much about the people who lived here more than 500 years ago.
The Etowah Indian Mounds symbolize a society rich in ritual. Towering over the community, the 63-foot, flat-topped earthen knoll was used as a platform for the home of the priest-chief. In another mound, nobility were buried in elaborate costumes accompanied by items they would need in their after-lives.
Today, visitors may tour the museum where exhibits interpret daily life in the once self-sufficient community. Many artifacts show how the natives of this political and religious center decorated themselves with shell beads, tattoos, paint and more.
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