Drawing of Alec Mountain Stone Circle – Nacoochee Valley
Alec Mountain will be our first hike for 2018, once I locate the old trail. The ruins are only 100 feet higher than my house.
This is a sketch, made in 1956, of the Alec Mountain Stone Circle by Harvard University archaeologist, Phillip Smith. It is a slight oval. He dug a few test pits, looking for conventional artifacts from the so-called Mississippian Cultural Period. Kelly and his peers, had no clue of the probable age of the circle. My guess is the Early Bronze Age . . . 3500 BC to 1200 BC. It is identical to the earliest known “stonehenges” of Wales, Ireland, Scotland and southern England. There is no record of any interest in the ancient site by Southeastern archaeologists since that time.
There is another similar stone circle on the north side of Kennesaw Mountains, which is adjacent to a large cairn cemetery . . . which HAS been scientifically dated to the period that I speculated for Alec Mountain. Until the mid-1900s, virtually all of the mountain tops in present day Metro Atlanta contained either stone rings or even the ruins of fairly large stone structures . . . probably observatories. Alabama Creek Keeper, the Ghost, has found a now nearly forgotten Creek tradition, that there was once a very advanced civilization that built with stone, which was located in what is now Metro Atlanta stretching westward to the mountain ranges near Gadsden, Alabama.
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