Etowah Indian Mounds: Historic Preservation and Environmental Restoration

I recently visited the Etowah Indian Mounds in Bartow County, Georgia.

IMG_0547It’s a small state park that preserves the site where people lived for a millennium before Europeans arrived in North America.  Three mounds, each several stories tall, make up the heart of the park.

IMG_0536But there’s more to the site, including the restoration of native plants.

IMG_0525Which provides habitat for important animals.

IMG_0531But modernity knocks on the door, threatening the familiar pangs of development.IMG_0544I visited on a beautiful day, which I hope is evident in these pictures, and aside from the idea that historic preservation intersects nicely with environmental restoration (sometimes ancient peoples actually did a lot of damage to the environment, so maybe it’s an idea that should be set aside), the Etowah Mounds make up a nice little park that operates independently from the shenanigans of Congress.

 

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