A Native American Spiritual Site in Crystal River

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Crystal River Archaeological State Park. A Native American Spiritual Site. Credit: Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Crystal River Archaeological State Park. A Native American Spiritual Site. Credit: Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

I’ve visited Crystal River and the area around it many times.  It’s located on the west coast of Florida and it’s a wonderful place to have lunch.  I especially enjoy watching the eco-systems of the local waterways while Manatees slowly float and bask.  In all my visits I didn’t even realize that there was a Native American spiritual site right there under my nose!

The Crystal River Archeological State Park is a 61-acre spiritual site managed by the State of Florida.  The site contains six mounds.  Some of the mounds appear to be platforms for temples and ceremonies.  Other mounds are burial mounds, and evidence of their use dates to 250 BC.

An Active Native American Spiritual Site

Crystal River Archaeological State Park. A Native American Spiritual Site. Credit: Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Crystal River Archaeological State Park. A Native American Spiritual Site. Credit: Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Archeologists believe that the Crystal River area was settled about 2,500 years ago.  It became part of a trade network and it’s estimated that 7,500 people visited the site per year.  Evidence of this trade can be seen in copper ornaments that came from the Ohio River valley.  These ornaments and other tools were included in some of the burials.

It is likely that the Crystal River site was settled by people from the Deptford culture.  These Native Americans lived along the Georgia and Florida coasts, and utilized mounds for burials around that timeframe.

The Crystal River site was an active Native American area for more than 2,000 years.  Investigators have found that the burial practices had changed during that timeframe due to the types of artifacts found among the burials.  Archeologists estimate that up to 1,500 Native Americans are buried at the Crystal River site

Spreading Spirituality

Interested in supporting spirituality in the world?  Sometimes it can be as easy as starting in your own backyard.  The Crystal River Archeological State Park is seeking volunteers for things such as facility repairs and visitor greetings.  Who knows, there may be a spiritual site in your backyard where you can volunteer and help spread spiritual goodness.

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Russell is the founder and publisher of Spiritual Fizz, a news magazine that focuses on the connection of the spiritual and physical worlds. He is also an award-winning artist who creates spiritual new age music that elevates the sense of spirituality in his listeners.

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