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 culture from the Native Americans in the Southeastern Woodlands. 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 3,336-acre (13.50 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 included the Lamar Mounds and Village Site, located downriver about three miles (4.8 km) from Macon. The site was designated for federal protection by the National Park Service (NPS) in 1934, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, and redesignated as an national historical park in 2019.

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  • There are few places in the Eastern US that show large-scale evidence of the prehistoric peoples that lived here, and very little information is common knowledge. This site is impressive in its size....  more »
  • This a a place that you need to walk to see everything! We watched the video…which was very good and then drove around the site! It was too hot to walk!  more »
  • 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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