-by Lachlann Raum
Hello! This is an educational blog post about Crystal River Archaeological State Park. I hope you enjoy and decide to come here yourself! It is important to come here because this is a very historical site and there are lots of amazing things to see and do. Did you know that the temple mounds here were important ceremonial sites about 1,600 years ago?
In addition to learning about the history of the native Americans in this area, the park is near a bird-watching trail as well, so birdwatchers will be able to see cool birds here! This site is one of the longest continuously occupied sites in FL. There are six mounds here, including 2 trash heaps, 2 temples and 4 burial mounds. This site is 61 acres large and was used for 1,600 years. It was settled about 2,500 years ago, and on average, about 7,200 native Americans came here every year for ceremonies and to bury their dead. There was a stela with a human face carved into it and people used to make sacrifices to it. There was another one that’s purpose is still relatively mysterious.
The museum rangers are very nice and informative. They told us that the park is open from 8:00 A.M. to sundown all year long. Its $3.00 to park one vehicle. The museum is open from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and is not open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The museum has an educational movie about the site and its history. It has several cases filled with artifacts! The artifacts consist of projectile heads, tools and ornaments. There was a big diorama about how the site used to look. There was a dugout canoe that had been excavated. There were displays about the interactions between cultures and much more! The displays also showed what tools, weapons and other useful items they used in the cultures.
I truly do hope this blog post was informative and I hope I have made you want to come to Crystal River Archaeological State Park! I personally really liked it and we had a blast! I hope you enjoy the park!
This is a great educational video about Crystal River Archaeological State Park: