Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com - There are many interesting ancient structures that have been constructed for unknown reasons by people we cannot identify. One such structure can be found in the Fort Mountain State Park in Georgia. It’s a mysterious zigzagging stone wall that has baffled explorers, archaeologists, geologists, historians for generations. Who were the builders of this prehistoric wall?
A section of the Fort Wall. Credit: David Tibbs
At first glance, the wall in Georgia reminds of the Great Wall of California that still remains an ancient unsolved enigma, but there are some differences between these two structures.
The Great Wall of California is 50 mile long and made of heavy stones. It’s unlikely it was used as a fence because it’s not high enough. Its purpose is still a riddle. The ancient wall in Georgia is equally puzzling and so are the legends surround this interesting place.
The ancient, zigzagging 885-foot-long (270 m) rock wall in Fort Mountain State Park was constructed with help of local stones from the surrounding regions around the summit. There are several pits that resemble ancient foxholes scattered along the wall.
Fire tower at Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth, Georgia. Credit: Thomsonmg2000 - Public Domain
“There are no artifacts or funerary remains in the area. An easy step like path leads to the giant wall running 885 feet along the mountainside. It is two to seven feet high with an abundance of loose rock alongside its sides.
Cherokee legends mention that the wall was built by white people who worshipped the Sun and that is why the wall is aligned from east to west. The wall though is out of this alignment by 28.5 degrees. This misalignment indicates that the builders of the wall might have built it when the wall was running true east-west and that is prior to 9-10,000 BC before the earth tilted 27.5 degrees during the Cataclysm. One degree error factor is not much after all.” 1
The Yuchi Indians of Georgia tell that a very long time ago a great flood drowned everyone who had not been warned of the coming disaster. Could the ancient wall have been built before the cataclysm occurred? We cannot answer this because no-one knows how old the structure is.
Why this enigmatic structure was built, when and by whom remains unknown, but there are a number of theories attempting to explain the wall’s existence.
Mystery Shrouds Fort Mountain Marker - Plaque located at the trail head to the fort walls. Credit: David Tibbs
It has been suggested the wall in Georgia was built around 500 AD for religious purposes. Perhaps these people were sun worshippers, as the Cherokee say.
Another theory states the was severed as a “last-ditch defense by prehistoric white people, bloody warfare between rival Indian tribes, defense fortifications for Spanish conquistadors hunting gold.” 2
The ancient wall in Georgia sometimes also mentioned in connection with the mysterious moon-eyed people.
“The Cherokee recall a white-skinned race that lived on their lands before they arrived. This group of very unusual beings was known as the Moon-Eyed people.
Cherokee legends tell the Moon-Eyed people were of small stature and had pale, white skin, blond hair, and blue eyes. They were called Moon-Eyed because they had very sensitive eyes and were unable to see in daylight. They could however see very well at night. Since these mysterious ancient people were blinded by the Sun, they were forced to live in underground caverns.
The Moon-Eyed people were physically totally different from the Cherokee and when these two races encountered each other, war broke out.” 3
Some legends tell the ancient wall in Fort Mountain State Park was built as a protection against the dangerous Moon-Eyed people.
There are several ancient forts and stone walls in Georgia and Native Americans say their ancestors did not build them, then who did?
Currently, nobody knows which of the many legends and theories is true and which false. The true answer still lies buried somewhere in antiquity and may never be unearthed.
There is so much we have learned about our past, but there are still many events that remain a historical mystery.
Written by Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com
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