Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, Macon

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Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park (formerly Ocmulgee National Monument) in present-day Macon, Georgia, United States preserves traces of over ten millennia of Southeastern Native American culture. Its chief remains are major earthworks built before 1000 CE by the South Appalachian Mississippian culture (a regional variation of the Mississippian culture.) These include the Great Temple and other ceremonial mounds, a burial mound, and defensive trenches. They represented highly skilled engineering techniques and soil knowledge, and the organization of many laborers. The site has evidence of "17,000 years of continuous human habitation." The 702-acre (2.84 km2) park is located on the east bank of the Ocmulgee River. Present-day Macon, Georgia developed around the site after the United States built Fort Benjamin Hawkins nearby in 1806 to support trading with Native Americans.

For thousands of years, succeeding cultures of prehistoric indigenous peoples had settled on what is called the Macon Plateau at the Fall Line, where the rolling hills of the Piedmont met the Atlantic coastal plain. The monument designation includes the Lamar Mounds and Village Site, located downriver about three miles (4.8 km) from Macon. The monument park was designated for federal protection by the National Park Service (NPS) in 1934 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. In 1997, the NPS designated the monument a Traditional Cultural Property, the first so recognized east of the Mississippi River.
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  • This park has a great amount of history. It was a damp day for a tour, but was able to take the trails to the mounds. Very educational and interesting.  more »
  • This park does an excellent job of both meeting your expectations (learning about Native Americans and their traditions in a direct way) and expanding your awareness in unexpected ways. The displays.....  more »
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  • Very interesting place to visit. The rich history of the indigenous peoples of this region is something so significant and I appreciate the preservation of this national park. Walking through the visitor center is a very memorable experience. I highly recommend anyone who may be in the Macon area to make a point of going to see these mounds.
  • Driving back to Florida and looking for something on the way home. Had no clue about this place before we stopped. It was interesting and informative. You can do a quick visit or take your time and look at things in more detail. Free!

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