Rock Hawk Effigy Mound

Like the previously posted Rock Eagle Effigy located in Putnam County, Georgia… I couldn’t help but make a pit-stop to see this effigy on my way to Florida since it was only 13 miles away from the other!

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Likely constructed between 1,000 and 3,000 years ago (1000BC – 1000AD). It is an earthwork that was built up from thousands of pieces of quartzite laid in the mounded shape of a large bird. Referred to as a “Hawk”, it is not known exactly what type of bird this was intended to portray by its creators.

Only two bird effigy mounds have been found east of the Mississippi with the other located 13 miles away and known as the Rock Eagle Effigy. Both are thought to have been created by Woodland Indians, though there is evidence of Archaic Indian occupation of the region. They were likely part of the Adena or Hopewell cultures.

There are several theories as to why these were created ranging from the need for a central burial place in the area, to a message to the gods.

Some scholars believe that the mound resembles a buzzard or vulture more than a hawk… with the buzzard being a symbol of death among indigenous peoples, which would be a fitting image if it was intended as a burial mound.

If you are travelling through the area or are a local resident, don’t miss the chance to see this site, especially if you have the opportunity to also see the Rock Eagle Effigy Mound.

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