Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lake Jackson Mounds Archaelogical State Park




Known as one of the most important archaeological sites discovered in Florida, the Lake Jackson Mounds Archaelogical State Park is located just north of Tallahassee near Lake Jackson. Some of the most significant artifacts in the state of Florida have been found here. The site was once a large ceremonial center dating back to the Fort Walton period of Florida's history (1000 A.D.-1450 A.D.). The entire complex consists of six earth temple mounds and one possible burial mound. At least part of the village and trading area, the two largest mounds and a third smaller mound are located here. Pottery, stone tools and the location and shape of the mounds have been used to identify the age and culture of the site. The remains of important tribal members have also been found with a rich array of burial objects including items such as copper breast plates and shell beaded necklaces. These artifacts provide evidence of religious and trading ties with other large, pre-historic Indian ceremonial centers in the southeastern United States.

This park is located not far from where I live. There is a little creek running through it where my now grown-up kids used to go "creek stomping" with their preschool class. When we first built our house, it was not unusual for my kids to find arrowheads in our backyard. They would also find them on the playground of their elementary school near our house. The second picture is of the largest mound in the park.

14 comments:

Abe Lincoln said...

Wow. That would be interesting to live close to a place like this must be; and while we have the famous Serpent Mound, it is too far away from us to just step out the door and enjoy.

It is interesting to me that these ancient people had a belief system that served them well when they were alive.

If you stop and think about it, it wasn't until after the Europeans came here that everything in North American Culture turned ugly.

B Squared said...

It's always amazing what is just below our feet.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow You live in a fabulous and privileged place dear Lois!
Nice pictures!
This place is really cool!
Léia

peace,purrs and love by Luna(from Brazil)

Rambling Round said...

This would be a neat place to visit. I remember going to Mound State Park near where I grew up. There was nothing else like it around.

Jacob said...

Most interesting, Lois. Love your photos, too. I've never heard of this very important site, so now have marked it on a future itinerary for when we visit Tallahassee...

Clytie said...

Thank you for sharing this little piece of history with us. I had never heard of these mounds, and probably never would have if you hadn't posted this story. And I'm with Abe ... it wasn't until the europeans took over that the Native American Culture took a downturn.

Pacey said...

These are magnificent shots, love pathways and signs too. :)

Corker2 said...

Thanks for sharing this place of History. I like to read about places like this. Would like to snoop around there.

Good Post, Lois

Darla said...

Very cool indeed!!

Don and Krise said...

Really interesting Lois. This reminds me of some mounds near where we live. They have built a sort of park around them too. I'll have to post about them one of these days.

James said...

Very interesting. I wonder if we have somrthing like that around here.

JM said...

I would love to walk around there! It must be beautiful!

And the name Jackson made remind of the news about Michael's death I've just heard...

Lisa Wilson said...

That looks like a great place!! Kids can play and still be learning without realizing it.

Pam said...

Its nice to learn the history of the area you live in Lois. Jupiter has an Indian site they found a few years ago while improving a local park.