Yesterday I chaperoned Josh's class trip to the Etowah Indian Mounds.
We've been enjoying some beautiful weather here lately. Sunny, mild, not too hot. It's been beautiful.
So, of course, it rained yesterday. It rained a lot! But we still had fun.
The Etowah Indian Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeastern United States. It was home to several thousand Native Americans between 1000 AD and 1550 AD. The mounds are where the chief's lived -- elevated above the villagers and common areas.
One thing Josh thought was interesting was how each chief had to be up higher than the chief before him... so the mounds kept growing and growing.
Here we are on our way out to the mounds --
There are three that are clearly visible. The largest, Mound A, is where the chief lived, Mound B is where the second in command -- I guess we can say "vice-chief" since we're so close to an election -- and then Mound C which is the burial mound and where many of the artifacts in the museum were excavated.
We climbed to the top of Mound A and had a nice view...
The kids counted 124 steps (I think) on the way down.
We even got to go inside the "Wattle and Daub" hut they are re-constructing.
The website has lots of great pictures of volunteers rebuilding the hut. They expect it to be fully finished in the next few weeks.
We were quite lucky -- the second graders were split into two groups. One went to the mounds first and the other did the inside museum first, then they switched. We were lucky -- we got inside first when the rain was heaviest.
It was really interesting -- lots of cool artifacts, a dugout canoe, one ranger talked about the weapons they used (Josh liked this best) and how they progressively got better and better.
It's a shame it was wet and rainy because we really only got to go up Mound A and back down again. There is much more to the site -- you can walk trails up to the river and back to see where they fished, there is a large open field where they lived and also where they had their ceremonies and sports events. It was really cool!
And then when we got home, it really started to downpour!