As I stepped into the South Florida Museum with my three year old daughter we were immediately confronted with a giant skeleton. The skeleton was of a giant tiger that once called Florida home over 10,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Beyond this skeleton was another room with an even larger skeleton. This skeleton was of one of the giant elephants called mastodons that shared the Florida landscape with the giant tiger.
I was heading south of Tampa on Highway 19 to visit the South Florida Musuem in Bradenton when I saw brown signs stating “Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site.” I remembered reading something about this site and so I asked my almost-four year old daughter, “You wanna go to a park?” She responded, “Yeah!” so we decided to give it a look.
The Southeast is filled with the remnants of ancient Native American civilizations. One such civilization was located in Macon, Georgia at the archaeological site known as Lamar Mounds. Located six hours north of Jacksonville, the Lamar Mounds site is located on the property of the Ocmulgee National Monument, another ancient Native American civilization that predates the Lamar site […]