agriculture, with crops such as corn and squash planted in the rich river floodplain.I was very interested in learning more about the funeral mound during my recent trip to visit the OcmulgeeNational Monument. The park rangers were very nice and attentive. The information was plentiful, andthey were great “gurus.”The funeral mound pictured at the beginning of this article was the burial place for village leaders andimportant people. Archeologists discovered over 100 burials within the mound, as well as log tombs(including a massive one on the lower level) and other structures at different levels. Log tombs are sonamed because of the rows of massive log posts running down the walls of the tombs, presumablysupporting a low roof.Evidence suggests that this mound was built in seven stages. A structure was built on top of each stage,probably to prepare the dead for burial and the accompanying ceremonies.The present height is at the third stage. At the seventh and final stage of construction, it is estimated thatthe mound may have measured as much as 280 feet long, 100 feet wide, and 25 feet high.Significant artifacts found during the archeological investigations of the 1930s uncovered a part of ahuman figure effigy and the remnant of a necklace. These further imply that high-ranking officials of thecommunity were buried here. Copper and shell ornaments were found as well.