At the Etowah Indian Mounds

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Apparently it rained, thundered and we had lightning last night as we slept.  You couldn't prove it by me... I slept like the proverbial log and only found out when Lynnie had arose and filled me in.  

We had tried today's trip yesterday, only to find the site closed.  Today we made it there and it was very interesting.  These indigenous people lived in this area from about 500AD until the 1500s.  The explorer DeSoto actually visited the area and wrote of it in his journal.  The tribe abandoned the site and moved southwest to the area that is now Alabama.

The mounds vary in height from twelve feet to sixty five feet.  The encampment is surrounded by a protective ditch which was hand-excavated and the earth used to construct the mounds.  The mounds served various purposes, from ritual areas to areas for burial of their dead.  These people were tall, taller than most of the Europeans who came to the area.  The elite, or leaders, were of even greater height, due primarily to their superior diet.  

Agriculture was their prime source of food, but hunting contributed to it also.  The Etowah river acted as one side of the protective ditch and was their primary source of fish.  They raised corn and pumpkins plus other crops which they dried and used to sustain the population through the winter months.  

There is a most interesting museum at the site also.  There they have a model of what the village could have looked like in it's day.  Many artifacts from the archeological digs are also on display.  I was most impressed by the examples of their pottery.  Several good examples are on display.  They also traded with other tribes from throughout the western US.  They knapped arrowheads from chert and other stones received via trade.  Their ceremonial headdresses were decorated with hammered copper pieces, shards of which are there to view.  It's a very interesting and fascinating site.  We visit as many examples of the life of early indigenous people as we can and seek them out.  It's a history that gets little publicity, but is well worth finding.  In returning to the Visitor Center, we took the Nature Trail along the river.  Many birds were singing loudly, but took heroic means to keep out of sight.  The area is starting to show some spring flowers which you will see in the photos.  The shot of the Reflective Marsh is actually part of the Defensive Ditch, which surrounds the Village

After we returned, Lynnie's brother, Tim, came out to visit.  We later went out to dinner in Acworth, just a few miles from home.  We went to the Dogwood Terrace Restaurant, which we found via the phone.  The food was outstanding and our server, Mallory, did a fine job of taking care of our needs.  She also had a fine sense of humor.  She's originally from Fargo, North Dakota.  Tim had a surf and turf.  Lynnie had wild salmon served on a crab cake.  I had the baby back pork spareribs.  All were excellent and reasonably priced.  The atmosphere of the place was great; relaxing, yet lit well enough that we could actually read the menus without undue effort.  We bade Tim adieu and now we're settled in for our last night here.  We head east to a park not far from the South Carolina border.  See you tomorrow!
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