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Earth Lodge

Another meaningful piece of architecture to me is the Earth Lodge that is located within the Ocmulgee National Monument Park in Macon, Georgia (where I am originally from).

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When I was a child, we would visit the park either through the school or personally about once a year. When you leave the museum and walk up the trail to the actual sites, it is always an amazing view.

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Believed to be a council chamber, it had what is believed to be a political and religious significance. The tribe that occupied the area was the Creek’s. They are now located in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

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The above ground components were destroyed and reconstructed, but the original floor has been carbon dated to approximately 1,000 AD.

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The interior consisted of 4 huge main posts with log rafters that created a cone shape which was then covered by dirt and the inside walls plastered with a daub and wattle type construction.

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As a fun, non-architectural side note, there is some archaeoastronomy associated with the site. The entrance axis is located East-West but the opening does NOT correspond with any of the equinoxes. There is speculation that they do line up with a particular meteor shower called the Taurid.

 

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