Breaking News! Another terrace complex discovered in Metro Atlanta
Terraces, stone cairn cemetery and fish traps are associated with the Upper Etowah River and Amicalola Creek. In 1939, archaeologist Robert Wauchope noticed the stone cairns, but was not sure if they were built by Native Americans or early white settlers. He did not mention the stone walls in his report. Nevertheless, Wauchope gave these stone structures an official site number. They were soon forgotten until rediscovered by a citizen conservationist.
The stone walls, building ruins and fish traps are on land owned by the City of Atlanta and leased by the State of Georgia as a state forest and wildlife management area. Some of the stone cairns are on private land, owned by the citizen conservationist.
This complex is downstream from the much smaller Steele Bridge Terrace complex, the Edge of the World Woodland Period Town Site, numerous Woodland and Mississippian Mounds of modest size and the Harben Mound . . . tallest mound in the Southern Appalachians. When I complete a three dimensional computer model of the archaeological zone, a much more detailed description of the archaeological zone will be published in the People of One Fire.
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