Town Creek Indian Mound

Native American Culture – National Historic Landmark

Town Creek Indian Mound is an unusual phenomenon in the history of North American archaeology. Most archaeological sites are investigated for a few years and then… archaeologists move on to new locations. Where long-range research has been conducted, it has often been under several directors and different plans of research. Town Creek, situated on Little River (a tributary of the Great Pee Dee in central North Carolina), has been the focus of a consistent program of archaeological research under one director for more than half a century.

This research has contributed to scientific understanding of the original inhabitants of our continent and has provided educational opportunities for many graduate and undergraduate students in anthropology. Moreover, these contributions to science and higher education were made as the site contributed directly to public education.

Town Creek is one of the most popular State Historic Sites in North Carolina.

Leland G. Ferguson
Chair, Department of Anthropology
University of South Carolina

— from his foreword to archaeologist Joffre Lanning Coe's study, Town Creek Indian Mound: A Native American Legacy (UNC Press, 1995)

Town Creek Indian Mound

What's New

  • Town Creek video (WRAL-TV)


  • Burial Hut video


  • Upcoming Events

    • September 20:
      Town Creek Under the Stars

      Saturday, 7 - 10 pm
      Celebrate the end of summer with a star party featuring Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and the Milky Way stretched across the sky. Site telescopes will be available for viewing these, and other, heavenly bodies, or bring your own. Admission is free. Gates open at 6:30. Contact 910-439-6802 or email rich.thompson@ncdcr.gov for more info.


    • October 18:
      International Archaeology Day

      Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
      Join in the global celebration of Archaeology at Town Creek. Hands-on activities for the young & young-at-heart are available throughout the day using some of the same techniques and skills employed by archaeologists! Try your hand at throwing an Atlatl (spear thrower), test your skill in a game of Chunky, or experience the thrill of excavation by carefully extracting chocolate chips from a cookie. Produce a clay pot or cord bracelet, using the same methods as the Pee Dee Culture, to take home as a souvenir. Admission is free, and open to the public. Donations are always welcomed!


Town Creek Indian Mound Information

Contact Us

Town Creek Indian Mound
509 Town Creek Mound Rd.
Mt. Gilead, NC 27306
Phone: (910) 439-6802
Fax: (910) 439-6441
Email: towncreek@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays

Admission

No admission fees. Donations are accepted


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