THE GREAT GATE
The most elaborate of the site’s three major passages is called the “Great Gateway.” The road rises to a
narrow ridge, the original north entrance to the oldest part of the enclosure.
Passing in and out along the ridge took the ancient visitors past mounds, crescents, and limestone pavements; as if to remember the first generations of ancient ancestors, perhaps the first who made this hilltop a sacred place, and a shared monument. The paired Crescent Mounds, one on each side of the road north of the Gate, help form this passage.