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LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

CANTON, Ga. – Take a family trip and participate in a remote history lesson at the same time. Visit the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville to see the last standing artifacts from the Mississippian Native Americans. This group inhabited the area from 1000-1550.

According to Georgia State Parks, only about nine percent of this site has been excavated and examination of the surrounding artifacts revealed that the Etowah Indians were a society that was rich in ritual and habit.

Historians think, one of the mounds excavated was used as a “platform” for the home of the priest-chief. Seemingly, the priest-chief needed to live on a higher elevation than his tribe to “monitor” his people. Another excavated mound was a tomb for a nobleman in the tribe.  

Visitors are able to tour the museum, the ruins and listen to docents as they share their interpretation of what the community once was. This site also features a nature trail that leads to the Etowah River, a gift shop and riverside seating.

UPCOMING EVENTS: On May 14, the site will host a Archaeology Day and Torch Light Tour from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. The program will allow visitors to climb the mounds and follow a torch lit path to the top. Admission ranges from $3.50 to $5.

The park is located at 813 Indian Mounds Road in Cartersville.