The Ocmulgee National Monument
Perhaps the Biggest Native American Mecca in the Country
Somewhere near the biggest city in Georgia sits what looks like an ancient geometrical temple covered in grass. And that's exactly what it is. The Ocmulgee National Monument, a 702-acre landscape near Macon, contains and preserves over 1,000 years of architecture and engineering from prehistoric and historic cultures—plus traces of Southeastern Native American culture more than 17,000-years-old.
The progression of culture saw Ice Age hunters make way for the Muscogee people and, later, the complex, organized, religious and political society of the mound-building Mississippian culture,
The area not only contains the Great Temple mound (which was built by thousands of laborers carrying bags of earth), but visitors can also tour other ceremonial mounds, burial mounds, trenches, a reconstructed earthlodge based on the remains of an actual lodge, discovered and dated back to 1050 CE, and artifacts.