The Crystal River Archaeological State Park has gone through some changes in the past several months. When you visit you will notice that a great deal of vegetation has been removed from the cultural features and other areas of the mound complex. This was done to allow effective cultural management and for research to be conducted by an archaeological field school using archaeologists and...
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Crystal River Archaeological State Park
Welcome to Crystal River Archaeological State Park
A National Historic Landmark, this 61-acre, pre-Columbian, Native American site has burial mounds, temple/platform mounds, a plaza area and a substantial midden. The six-mound complex is one of the longest continuously occupied sites in Florida. For 1,600 years the site served as an imposing ceremonial center for Native Americans. People traveled to the complex from great distances to bury their dead and conduct trade. It is estimated that as many as 7,500 Native Americans may have visited the complex every year. Although primarily an archaeological site, the park sits on the edge of an expansive coastal marsh. Anglers may catch saltwater and freshwater fish. As part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, the park offers bird-watchers the chance to observe a variety of birds.