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The main Mound at Lake Jackson Mounds State Park rises over 35 feet above the ground. Replicas of actual American Indian breastplates discovered at Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park. View of boardwalk leading to the top of an earthen mound. Small mound with ramp located near the entrance to the park.
Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park
Main Mound at Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park.

History and Culture

A society that could develop a site of this type is believed to have had a well-organized political system with tribal leaders more than likely residing in regional centers such as the Lake Jackson site. The remains of important tribal members have been found at the site, with a rich array of burial objects including elaborate items such as copper breast plates, shell beaded necklaces, bracelets, anklets and cloaks still in place. These exotic artifacts indicate religious and trading ties with other large, pre-historic Indian ceremonial centers in the southeastern United States. There is evidence that the Lake Jackson Indians participated in a southeastern socio-religious complex known to archaeologists as the 'Southern Cult' or 'Southeastern Ceremonial Complex,' which flourished around A.D. 1200. The area was probably the political and religious center for Indians of this location during the period A.D.1200 to A.D.1500.

A shaded and expansive picnic area awaits visitors to Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park.

Picnic Area

A lovely shaded picnic area is located between a smaller mound and the largest mound at the park.

Visitors listen intently to a presentation about the archaeological history of Lake Jackson Mounds.

Archaeology Display

Visitors enjoy special events offered at Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park.

Replicas of actual artifacts discovered at Lake Jackson Mounds are displayed during a special event.

Artifact Replicas

The rich history of Lake Jackson Mounds is brought to life with replicas of actual artifacts found by archaeologists during excavations at this site. Exhibits drawing further connections to the site can be seen on the far side of the large pavilion.

The open areas between the mounds invite family fun.

Family Fun

The wide open expanse of grass beckons to visitors to come and enjoy the many facets of the park.

Historic 1930s photo of an earthen mound.

Mound

This 1930s photo shows one of the six mounds found near Lake Jackson, located five miles north of Tallahassee, Florida.