Discover your family's story.

Enter a grandparent's name to get started.

Start Now

Mysterious Kenimer Mound, Nacoochee Valley, Georgia

Who constructed this five sided landmark and why? Mankind has lived a long time in the beautiful Nacoochee Valley of the Northeast Georgia Mountains; at least 10,000 years. Even after 200 years of being farmed by European settlers, at least a dozen Native American mounds have been identified. In fact, the gateway to the valley is marked by a Creek Indian mound with a nineteenth century gazebo on top. Near the village of Sautee in the Nacoochee Valley is a large five sided hill. Early European settlers noted that the Cherokees had held rituals on this hill during their brief occupation of northern Georgia. However, the hill was considered part of the valley’s natural landscape until satellite photography became generally available to the public in the 1970s. Archaeologists realized that the five sided hill was symmetrical like the fived sided mounds built in the region. An archaeology professor briefly walked around the “hill” during the 1970s. He recorded in his notes that the site was probably a very large Indian mound of unknown age, but no one in the community had any clue that the hill was a mound. In 1999 an archaeological team from the LAMAR Institute spent two days walking over the mound and digging test post holes in the mound. They discovered a much smaller mound at the foot of the large mound. Their work was superficial, but provided puzzling evidence to the archaeologists. Within the surface soil of the site was found pottery shards dating from the period 900-1000 AD. There was little evidence of soil color bands in the large mound, which are typical...

Pin It on Pinterest