Town Creek Indian Mound is an unusual phenomenon in the history of North American archaeology. Most archaeological sites are investigated for a few years and then archaeologists move on to new locations. Here long-range research has been conducted under several directors and different research plans. Town Creek, situated on Little River (a branch of the Great Pee Dee in central North Carolina), has been the focus of a consistent program of archaeological research under one director for more than 50 years.
This research has contributed to scientific understanding of the original inhabitants of our continent and has provided educational opportunities for many anthropology graduate and undergraduate students. Moreover, these scientific and high education contributions were made as the site contributed directly to public education.
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This Indian mound is incredibly interesting for kids and adults. Their are several presentations within parts of the structures on the mound. They are like little caves with places to sit. The history of the mound is explained to the children in terms they can understand. There is a large shadowbox showing how the Indians lived during that time period. I would recommend that you go when it is not hot outside as it can be quite unbearable inside the structures.
You’ll find the Town Creek Indian Mound, a ceremonial center for the Creek Indian Nation that occupied the area as early as 1450, in Mount Gilead. The site, which served as a meeting place for religious ceremonies, and even for executions of enemies 300 years ago, has been rebuilt nearly to completion over the past fifty years. The earthen mound—a sort of stage—is encircled by a wall constructed of logs, bound together by cane, and several other structures made of dirt, sticks, and thatch. Presentations are held to explain the structure, the history of the Native Americans, and the research that has been done in the area.