Rock Eagle Mound, Eatonton
Shaped like a prone bird, the Rock Eagle Mound is a stone effigy. Measuring eight feet high at the breast and consisting entirely of milky quartz rocks, it was probably built about 2,000 years ago by Native Americans. The head of the Eagle faces due East, towards the Sunrise. Many believe it was built for religious or ceremonial purposes. The wingspan measures 120 ft. and is 102 ft from head to toe.
Archaeologists associate the mound with the Middle Woodland Period (100-300 A.D.). Some scientists have suggested a possible relationship between the builders of Rock Eagle and the Hopewell Culture, mound builders active in the Great Lakes region and the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys from 200 B.C. - 500 A.D.
In 1978, the U.S. Department of the Interior listed the mound on the National Register of Historic Places. The only other recognized stone effigy mound east of the Mississippi River is Rock Hawk, also located in Putnam County near Lake Oconee.
the rock eagle is a native american effigy believed to be 2,000 years old. some archeologists think that the rock eagle was built during hopewell period between 1000BC and 1000AD. others think that it was built by the middle woodlands culture between 100 and 300AD. the effigy is 120 feet head to toe and 102 feet from wingtip to wingtip. in the 1930's university of georgia archeologist a. r. kelly excavated the breast area of the rock eagle and found a single set of human bones. the rock eagle is best seen from the 1930's observation tower. for those interested in native american archeology also see my macon ocmulgee pages.
the rock eagle tower was built in the 1930's as a federal WPA project. the tower was constructed so one can view the 2,000 year old rock eagle.