In the way of things, the first European settlers who came across these mounds assumed that the Indians could not possibly have built them. Throughout the nineteen century, they gave credit to, at various times, Spanish explorers who wandered up from Florida, Vikings who wandered down from Massachusetts, or even Welsh adventurers. Not until the 1960s did excavations reveal prehistoric artifacts to identify the true builders. The 800 foot-long walls enclose a large area now believed to have been built by Woodland tribes for ceremonial purposes, rather than military. The area is too large to have been defended and no military artifacts have been found. In addition the two smaller mounds that form the entrance on the east line up within one degree of the summer solstice.
We have had no TV reception the last two stops, so are rewatching Season 3 of Downton Abbey. Today we will head for north Georgia and Vogel State Park, where we will stay for four nights and relax a little more.