Friday, February 19, 2016

The MMTPs go to the Etowah Indian Mounds, Cartersville, GA

Etowah Indian mounds.    The mounds are aboriginal.   The long steps leading to the top are not ;).   Nor are the people, although they are originals each in her own way.

 Iconic Cowboy sculpture at the entrance to the Booth Museum of Western Art, Cartersville, GA

The patrons.  
Note: while they appear to be discussing the pictures, in reality they are
debating where to go for lunch.

View out from inside museum (obviously [insert eye rolling emoticon here])


A brisk February day...and we visited the amazing  Etowah Indian Mounds at Cartersville, north of Atlanta. The beautiful 54 acre site lying alongside the Etowah river was home for several thousand   Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D.
Three of the original six mounds are still there and are amazingly high (63 feet) can get to the top via steps...and there's an excellent view.
Etowah Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast.
In a small museum adjacent are a number of artifacts including the stone sculpture above.  There are also many ornaments, some pottery and various tools.

E2 looking East from the top of the large Mound

E3 Looking down from the largest mound to the Etowah River
 Enough fish was caught in the river (many different species) to feed the entire before pollution!

E4  Sky pathway

E 5  Looking North upriver

And here are Pat's selected photographs.

P 1.  Before we went to the Mounds, we visited the Booth Western Museum to see a display of Ansel Adams photographs, as well as photos by artists who inspired him and whom he inspired. The statue above was by the Musuem's entrance. Then, inspired ourselves by the exhibit, we went to the nearby Etowah Mounds to take some pictures.

P2. First we climbed Mound A, the largest and highest mound, for views like the above.

P3. As this picture of Alexis shows, there were lots of stairs to climb to reach the top.

P4. This view from the top of Mound A shows the Etowah River and Mound B on the left. The tiny people show the scale.

P 5. After climbing back down from the Mound, we walked along the river to see views like this one. But we could not stay long--we had to get back on the road in hopes of avoiding the Atlanta five o"clock traffic. Life intrudes upon art!!

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