National Geographic : 1946 Jan
() National Ueograpnic Society raining oyI\.L.angaon iLInn Planning a Murderous Ambush for Their Wily Enemies, Macon Braves Powwow in Their Ceremonial Earth Lodge Archeological excavations near Macon, Georgia, revealed a peculiar council chamber of the early period of the Temple Mound builders, probably around 1400 A.D. Circular in shape, it showed only its cone-shaped roof above the ground. Hollowed out of red clay, the chamber had seats forfifty braves around itscircum ference. Before each seat was a hollowed receptacle for pipe, tobacco, and magical charms. The raised platformisin theconventionalized form ofaneagle, espe cially sacred to the Southeastern forest dwellers. The kneeling figure wears a headdress called a "roach," similar to crested Greek helmets. These people may have been ancestors of the historic Creeks.