Georgia - Etowah Mounds
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Well-Preserved Mound
The Etowah Mounds are part of a
significant Native American
ceremonial and village complex
near Cartersville, Georgia.
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Cartersville, Georgia
Archaeologists believe this complex
of six earthen mounds was occupied
by Native Americans of the
Mississippian era for about 550 years
beginning in 1000 A.D.

Etowah is unique because it may be
the best-preserved major
Mississippian site in the
Southeastern United States. The
mounds are extremely well-preserved
and include a towering 63-foot
platform mound. The site was
surrounded by a defensive ditch or
moat, portions of which can still be

Archaeological research here
revealed a vast array of artifacts
indicative of an advanced culture.
Among these were copper ornaments
and plates, stone effigies and
ceremonial pottery.

Some researchers believe the site
may have still been occupied at the
time of the Hernando de Soto
expedition and may be identical with
the "Itaba" mentioned in the
chronicles of that expedition, but this
is highly speculative.
The Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site is
maintained by the State of Georgia and
includes the mounds, exhibits, a museum,
walking trails and beautiful views of the
Etowah River.

The site is located at 813 Indian Mounds
Road, Southwest in Cartersville, Georgia.
From Interstate 75, take Exit #288 and follow
the brown signs.

The site is open 9 - 5, Tuesday through
Saturday and 2 - 5:30 on Sundays.  Etowah is
closed on Mondays.