Near Columbia in Houston County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Omussee Creek Mound and the Ancestors of the Creeks
—Creek Heritage Trail —
Mounds required enormous amounts of labor to build, being formed by basketfuls of earth placed by teams of laborers. They could take generations to build, their appearance changing slightly with each new layer of construction. Archaeology has revealed the Omussee Creek Mound to have been built in four
Bottom left: Mural in downtown Dothan depicting Hernando De Soto traveling through the Southeast. Courtesy of the Murals of the Wiregrass
Top right: Archaeological investigations undertaken by the Smithsonian Institution and other entities have discovered pottery here that originated from groups further north in the Chattahoochee River valley and elsewhere in the southeast. Most ceramics are closely associated with native groups from the immediate vicinity and in northern Florida. The most prevalent type of pottery found in this vicinity, which dates to the last occupation of Omussee Mound, is a style known as "Fort Walton." This pottery style features sand, grit, and certain clays as tempering, or hardening, agents. The items shown
Bottom right: Mound complex at Moundville Archaeological Park
Erected 2015 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, the John P. and Dorothy S. Illges Foundation, Inc., the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development.
Location. 31° 16.589′ N, 85° 7.002′ W. Marker is near Columbia, Alabama, in Houston County. Marker is on Omussee Creek Road half a mile north of Picnic Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located near the Omussee Creek Park boat ramp. Marker is at or near this postal address: Omussee Creek Road, Columbia AL 36319, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Omussee Creek Mound and Mississippian Period Societies (here, next to this marker); The Chacato People (here, next to this marker); Old Columbia Jail / Columbia (approx. 1.1 miles away); Columbia, Alabama (approx. 1.2 miles away); Columbia Methodist Episcopal Church, South (approx. 1.2 miles away); Columbia Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Columbia Baptist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Purcell - Killingsworth House (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 126 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.