Hidden away in the vaults of the Smithsonian for nearly 100 years, artifacts from the Etowah Indian Mounds have returned to Georgia for a special exhibit at Tellus Science Museum. The exhibit, From Clay to Copper: Minerals and Artifacts of Etowah will be on display November 5, 2016-October 1, 2017.

The never-before-seen exhibit features more than 60 archaeological objects on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The objects were excavated from the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville, Georgia during the late 1880s and early 1900s. The Etowah Indian Mounds site dates back to the Woodland and Mississippian periods and was home to Native Americans for more than 500 years.

The collection includes a copper plate embossed with the classic “Birdman” image, which is often associated with powerful leaders. Pottery, tools and exquisitely carved ceremonial objects used by the native people will also be on display, providing a glimpse into Mississippian culture.

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Tellus Science Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is located in Cartersville, just a few miles from the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site. Plan Your Visit to Tellus Science Museum