Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ocmulgee National Monument - Macon, Georgia

One of the most remarkable archaeological sites in America can be found just minutes from downtown Macon.

Ocmulgee National Monument preserves a massive collection of ceremonial mounds and other Native American sites dating from the Mississippian era (900-1450 A.D.). The Ocmulgee site reached its height 900 to 1100 years ago, when it was the center of a massive chiefdom that covered hundreds of square miles in the central part of Georgia.

Now a national park that is open to the public daily, the Ocmulgee site features both self-guided walking and driving tours, a visitor center, the mounds and a restored earth lodge where high status leaders once conducted important councils centuries ago. The top of the great temple mound can be accessed by stairs and provides a spectacular view of the entire site, as well as the city of Macon itself.

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