Crystal River Indian Mounds - Crystal River, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 28° 54.630 W 082° 37.708
17R E 341239 N 3199160
Quick Description: Crystal River State Archaeological Site is a 61-acre (250,000 m2) Florida State Park located on the Crystal River and within the Crystal River Preserve State Park.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 3/30/2012 9:04:02 AM
Waymark Code: WME3M6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TrailGators
Views: 10

Long Description:
The park is located two miles (3 km) northwest of the city of Crystal River, on Museum Point off US 19/98

Under the title of Crystal River Indian Mounds, it is also a U.S. National Historic Landmark (designated as such on September 29, 1970).

The park contains a six-mound complex, built by pre-Columbian mound builders, that is considered one of the longest continually occupied sites in Florida, believed to have been occupied for 1,600 years. Native Americans traveled long distances to the complex to bury their dead and to engage in trading activities. An estimated 7,500 Native Americans may have visited the complex annually when it was occupied. The complex contains burial mounds, temple/platform mounds, a plaza area, and a midden. A half-mile paved loop trail passes by each mound, with signs interpreting the mounds. A 55 step observation deck atop the park's largest mound, Temple Mound, provides a panoramic view of the area. The park contains coastal marsh and is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.

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Type: Burial Mounds

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