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Ocmulgee National Monument wants to Expand

The Ocmulgee National Monument may be growing.

Superintendent Jim David says that they've been working on a two-year study of land between their main park and a smaller site.

He said, "We're looking at those archaeological sites to see if they have the resources and importance that they should be included in a revised boundary for this park."

Native Americans from the Mississippi River arrived at the monument site in the year 900. They built ceremonial mounds and earth lodges, the park's biggest attractions.

David says the expansion would preserve some of their sacred sites and make the park's Lamar unit more accessible. It would also give visitors access to the park from the Ocmulgee River.

He says the monument will receive funding for the expansion from donations and that the Archaeological Conservancy is holding 300 acres for the park.

On March 6th, Park Officials will present their study at a meeting where the public can ask questions and comment.

David says the expansion's been on the drawing boards almost since the park was authorized in 1934.

"We were only able at that time to acquire 678 acres. We have now grown to 702 acres that is still well short of the envisioned 2000-acre park," he said.

Some visitors to the park Wednesday liked the idea.

"I have a lot of memories, fond memories. I think it's a great idea," said Wendi Berryhill.

David hopes to see that support at the March 6th meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Ocmulgee National Monument visitor center at 6:00 pm.

The study can be viewed here.

Visitors can leave comments until March 21, 2014.


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