Anthropology Graduate Student Martin Menz hosted a public outreach event at the Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park near Tallahassee, FL in late August. The event drew more than 100 people, who came to learn more about the inhabitants of the site, including how they built the tallest earthen platform in the state around 1,500 years ago. The event was covered by the local NPR station. 

Park officials and others connected with that history conducted a very public “open house” on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Letchworth-Love Mounds State Park near Monticello.

The park is at the end of a narrow road off of Highway 90, very close to Lake Miccosukkee. And Archeology Graduate Student Marty Menz said that’s why the mounds were built by ancient peoples in that location over 1,000 years ago. There are 5 burial mounds in the complex, the largest as tall as a 4-story building. For the most part, they are undisturbed. And Menz said that’s because they are off the beaten path.

Menz hopes to see more people around the area will come out and visiting. Which was the goal of Saturday’s event, where visitors could chat with researchers like Menz and even do some archeological exploration themselves.