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Earliest evidence of human inhabitation comes from the Georgia side of the Savannah River between Augusta and Savannah, where flaked micro-blades have been found dating to 16,000-18,000 BC -- the oldest tools known on the North American continent.Paleolithic Clovis arrowheads have been discovered in Bartow County dating back some 12,000 years.Later moundbuilding cultures (Mississippian) moved up the great inland rivers of Georgia to sites like Ocmulgee and Etowah.After several fluctuations in weather conditions (over thousands of years), a warming trend began some 20,000 years ago.Kolomoki (800AD) is frequently referred to as a "transition site," displaying the traits of both a Hopewell site and later moundbuilders. Ocmulgee, a short distance east of Macon, and Etowah, just west of Cartersville are both open to the public.

From the early 1600's they controlled all or part of the state.This list of museums in Georgia contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing.Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.An intermediate culture known as Adena built effigy mounds throughout much of the Upper Mississippi, The Hopewell Culture continued the Adena's penchant for building mounds, eventually carrying it throughout the Mississippi watershed.A series of four Hopewell Culture mounds were built in Dade County (northwest Georgia).

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