- Fort Walton Culture
Fort Walton Culture was a mound-building Native American culture that flourished near Ft. Walton Beach,
Floridain the Southeastern United Statesfrom approximately 1100~ 1550AD. This culture appeared to come about due to contact with the major Mississippian centers to the north and west. It was the most complex in northwest Floridaregion. The Fort Walton peoples put in to practice mound building, intensive agriculture, made pottery in a variety of vessel shapes and had a hierarchial settlement patterns that reflected other Mississippian societies.
The Lake Jackson site was the largest known ceremonial center of the Fort Walton culture, however, has its own designation as The
Leon-Jefferson Culturedue to both Apalachee Fort Walton and Lamar Creek (Eastern Georgian) ceramic traditions. It appears that the Lamar Creek people moved south and assimilated with the Apalachee.
The northwest Florida Region also encompasses the
Letchworth Moundsof Jefferson County as well as Tallahassee's Lake Jackson mound. It is generally defined as encompassing the Florida Panhandle east from the Chipola Riverto the Aucilla River. Frequently, there are cultural differences between the inland groups who relied on the inland resources of what are now Leon and Jefferson counties and those who utilized coastal resources.
* [http://www.gue.com/?q=en/node/135 Woodville Karst Plain Project]
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