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Atop Temple Mound

View from Temple Mnd - Widelux
The view from Temple Mound

It’s not hard for me to imagine the thriving community that was once spread out in the plain below Temple Mound. Now tourists walk among the ghosts on the trails that lead from mound to mound. From the flat top of Temple Mound, I could see children climbing up the mound in the distance, their parents taking photos of the young “mountaineers” when they summited. I wondered if they realized, that below their feet, lay the bones of a population long forgotten. Or did they just see a hill that was strangely placed in the middle of a field?


Stairway to Temple

Stairway to Temple Mnd


Mercier Mound

Mercier Family Plot
Mercier Family Plot on the edge of Kolomoki Mounds State Park

Lucien
Lucien


Kolomoki Mounds

Temple Mound
Temple Mound

I stopped to camp at Kolomoki Mounds State Historic Park, where an ancient community once thrived. The height of it’s development was between 350-750 AD, and it’s population may have been the largest north of what is now Mexico.

Kolomoki stands near a tributary of the Chatahoochee River, and contains eight still visible mounds that were used for ceremonies and burials.

Looking up at Temple Mound
Walking around Temple Mound

Mound A, which is also known as “Temple Mound” is the largest. It stands 56′ tall, and measured 325′ by 200′ at its base. It is believed that the mound was built by hauling basket loads of dirt and clay. It would have taken over two million basket-loads of earth to build the mound.

The view from atop Temple MoundLooking out over The Plaza from Temple Mound

There have been several excavations of the mounds of Kolomoki. The Smithsonian Institution, conducted excavations between 1894 and 1897, and the best known were done by archaeologist William Sears from 1948 until 1953.

Another view from Temple Mound
Another view from atop Temple Mound

Mound D
Mound D

Mound D stands 20 feet high and lies out in what was “The Plaza”. This was a burial mound, and archaeologists have found the remains of 77 burials. With each burial, the mound would grow in size.

One of the ceremonial mounds
One of the ceremonial mounds

Mercier Family Mound
Mound G

Mound G, or the Mercier Family Mound, is not a part of the park. The Mercier family owned a plantation that contained this land, and their family graveyard is atop this small mound. It has never been excavated, and it is not know if it was a mound from Kolomoki or just a rise in the Earth.

Museum in Mound E
Mound E

The visitor center and its museum was built in the space that was excavated from Mound E. This was also a burial mound, which was the resting place for four people. Radiocarbon dating places this mound around 170 BC.

Burials in Mound E

A small theater overlooks the excavated work under the roof of the museum. A visit to the museum is worth the $5 fee. In 1974, the museum was broken into, and all of it’s artifacts were stolen. Over the years, many have been recovered mostly from Florida, but some 70 pieces remain lost, and are thought to be in the hands of private collectors.


James “Sloppy” Floyd State Park

Camping in Georgia

Camping in Georgia was open for business, and it was much appreciated. A nice, little, park northwest of Atlanta, and the drive down US Hwy 27 was beautiful once again.

The camp host was a Hockey Mom from Ontario, so we hit it off right away.

Leaves!
OMG! The trees have leaves down here!