30 January 2008


ANAWAQUA'S TOMB.—Opposite the village of Campbellton [in present south Fulton County] on the western bank of the Chattahoochee, in a tuft of trees, on one of those mounds so common in Georgia, rest the remains of Anawaqua, an Indian Princess, the former proprietor of the soil. It is situated in a meadow, in a bend of the Chattahoochee, and near the foot of a considerable hill. Ancient fortification are traced all around the plain, extending from the river to the hill.

From Historical Collections of
Georgia Compiled by the Rev. George White, M.A.

native-american mounds were found all over when the white people got here---most were small, not the huge ceremonial mounds at etowah and ocmulgee---there were two or three at standing peachtree, with the remains of one or two on the west side of the river still recognized in the 1930s---"anawaqua's tomb" was leveled for agriculture----

Nacoochee Indian Mound was the center of the ancient Cherokee town of Gauxule, visited by DeSoto in 1540 in his search for gold, according to legend. On this ceremonial mound, 190 feet long, 150 feet wide and 20 feet high, stood the town House where a sacred fire burned unceasingly. Ceremonial dances were performed in and around the Town House. Residents of the town lived on the flat land surrounding the mound. The findings of Heye Foundation archaeologists who explored the mound in 1915 indicate the advanced cultural development of the builders.

they don't mention the fact that some asshole built a gazebo on top of it in the late 19th century---

1 comment:

Ricky Tillis said...

Yea really. Why would they place a gazebo on top? I just passed by there the other day and was wondering the same thing!