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Town Creek Indian Mound - Mt. Gilead, NC

North Carolina's Oldest Historic Site

"O Si Yo Everyone!"

O Si Yo means "Hello" in Cherokee :). I REALLY enjoyed this trip today. It is a site in the Pee Dee River valley. It showed us how the Indians lived on this site. Archaeology shows that they were here starting in the 11th century A.D.. We saw the Guard Tower, The Mortuary, The Town House and Mound and the Priest Hut.

It told us a lot about how they buried their dead. The adults were wrapped in cloth then buried and the babies and young children were wrapped in cloth, placed in large pottery with gifts and then buried.

No one knows why they came here and why they just disappeared.

I had fun today. I have lots of detailed pictures, so check them out!

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This was a fun trip today with Jessica. The Indian Mound was excavated in 1937 and continued for 50 years. It uncovered structures, pottery and the Pee Dee Culture. It brought to life inportant ceremonies and rituals. Our visit contained a self-guided tour of the grounds and an in-depth look at pre-Columbian life in Piedmont North Carolina.

Today the Town Creek is the only historic site in NC dedicated to the Native American heritage. This is something everyone must see.

http://www.nchistoricsites.org/town/Town.htm

Posted by Jessica NC 13:43 Archived in USA Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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