IN­SIDER’S TIP

2017 Travel Guide to Florida - - CRYSTAL RIVER & CITRUS COUNTY -

The high­est el­e­va­tion in Crys­tal River is a tem­ple mound built as a cer­e­mo­nial site by Na­tive Amer­i­cans be­fore Euro­peans ar­rived in the Amer­i­cas. To­day it oc­cu­pies a place of honor in Crys­tal River Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal State Park on the banks of the Crys­tal River.

There are ac­tu­ally two tem­ple mounds here, along with four burial mounds, all built be­tween 250 BC and AD 1000. Per­haps the most fas­ci­nat­ing fact about this site is it doc­u­ments that trade oc­curred be­tween an­cient peo­ple in far-off parts of the Amer­i­cas. Ar­chae­ol­o­gists have ac­tu­ally found cop­per from the Great Lakes here.

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