|Creator:||Merk, J. Lamar|
|Title:||J. Lamar Merk collection|
|Quantity:||1.0 Linear feet (1 flat box)|
The Muscogee (Creek) people are descendents of a remarkable culture that, before 1500 AD, spanned all the region known today as the Southeastern United States. Early ancestors of the Muscogee constructed magnificent earthen pyramids along the rivers of this region as part of their elaborate ceremonial complexes. The historic Muscogee later built expansive towns within these same broad river valleys in the present states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. The Muscogee were not one tribe but a union of several. This union evolved into a confederacy that, in the Euro-American described "historic period," was the most sophisticated political organization north of Mexico. Member tribes were called tribal towns. Within this political structure, each tribal town maintained political autonomy and distinct land holdings. Muscogee (Creek) Nation History -- Muscogee (Creek) Nation website http://www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov/ (Retrieved November 29, 2010)
The collection consists of one copy of "Early Georgia" volume 1, Summer 1950, no. 1 and thirteen Muskogean clay pot sherds, Lamar or Etowah period (1200-1300) A.D. The pot sherds were collected in February 1948 in the Etowah River Basin near Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia.
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J. Lamar Merk collection, 1948-1950. MS 3477. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.