Kolomoki Mounds Museum
The museum at Kolomoki
was built over an actual
archaeological excavation.
Mound A at Kolomoki
The temple mound, or Mound
A, at Kolomoki Mounds rises
56 feet into the air.
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, Georgia
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ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Kolomoki Mounds State Park, Georgia
Kolomoki Mounds State Park
The amazing temple mound at Kolomoki Mounds still
retains its original pyramidal shape. It was once the
centerpiece of a Native American city.
South Georgia's Ancient City
One of the most remarkable archaeological
sites in America is tucked away amidst the
peanut fields and pine trees of Southwest

Kolomoki Mounds State Park, just north of
historic Blakely, Georgia, preserves the site
of an amazing Native American culture that
rose to prominence more than 1,500 years
ago and vanished long before the first
European explorers set foot on the Southern
coast. Some of the most amazing mounds in
the nation remain today as reminders of
those who came before us.

A Weeden Island culture, so named for a
pottery style discovered at
Weedon Island in
Florida, the Kolomoki civilization rose in the
vast forests of Southwest Georgia beginning
in around 350 A.D. Over the next 250 years, it
became the dominant power of a vast area
that extended south into North Florida and
west into Alabama. Smaller mound groups
and village sites producing pottery of the
Kolomoki style have been found throughout
the region and archaeologists speculate that
these towns supported the huge ceremonial
complex at the Kolomoki site.

In fact, many researchers now believe that
that the Kolomoki Mounds were the center of
the largest and most important civilization
north of the Aztecs in Mexico. In fact, there
were many similarities between the people
of Kolomoki and those of the Aztec culture.
Both were military societies that constructed
massive public works. Mound A or the
Temple Mound at Kolomoki retains a distinct
pyramidal shape reminiscent of the Aztec
pyramids. Both developed highly advanced
religions. Both exhibited amazing knowledge
of astronomy. And both practiced human

The mounds of Kolomoki, like those at many
other prehistoric Native American sites in the
South, functioned as a giant calender. The
massive temple mound is oriented so that,
from the plaza below, the sun appeared to
rise from directly behind it on the longest day
of the year.

It appears that other mounds at the site
probably also align with other key points in
the sky. It is a little known fact today that many
prehistoric Native American mound sites
were aligned to the stars, moon and sun.
While the gigantic temple mound, one of the
largest in the United States, is the most
startling of the Kolomoki Mounds, it is one of
the burial mounds at the site that provides
visitors with a unique opportunity to learn
about a ceremony that took place there more
than 1,000 years ago.

Much of the excavated mound has been
enclosed in the park museum, which
provides a program explaining a highly
elaborate ceremony that took place there
follow the death of a powerful chief. Visitors
can follow walkways through the ancient
mound and see artifacts still preserved in the
places where they were left by the ancient
residents of Kolomoki.

In addition to its remarkable archaeological
features, Kolomoki Mounds State Park also
offers camping, picnicking, fishing, nature
trails and more. The park is open daily from 7
a.m. until 10 p.m., while the museum can be
visited daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The cost
to visit the museum ranges from $2.75 to $4.

Please click here to visit the park's official
website for more information. Kolomoki
Mounds State Park is located just north of
Blakely, Georgia, on U.S. Highway 27.
Excavation at Kolomoki
Ancient pottery remains in its
original location inside the
museum at Kolomoki, where
visitors can explore an actual
excavated Indian mound.
Burial Mound at Kolomoki
The largest burial mound at
Kolomoki Mounds is seen
here from the top of the 56
foot high Temple Mound.
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