Etowah Mounds Site Tour

This video tour takes visitors through the Etowah Indian Mounds Historic site, Cartersvllle, Georgia. Six earthen mounds are all that is left of a great prehistoric North American culture that vanished long ago. The tallest stands higher than a six-story building and is one of the largest structures ever built by the Mississippian societies.

As visitors walk along the trail in the 54-acre archaeological site, audio and video help bring to life the culture that once flourished here. Visitors learn the purpose of the mounds, a plaza, borrow pits, a defensive ditch and a v-shaped fish trap on the Etowah River, all built 1000 years ago. Dr. Adam King, University of South Carolina, in video interviews describes artifacts found at Etowah that have helped shed light on ancient religious ceremonies and the Mississippian way of life.

Archaeologists have determined the Etowah site was occupied in three distinct phases: from AD 1000 to 1200, from 1250 to 1375, and finally from the 1400s to about 1540 when Hernando de Soto and the Spanish explorers may have made contact.