Mike Ruggeri's Ancient Mississippian Art, Religion, and Iconography

By Michael Ruggeri | The art, iconography and religion of the Ancient Mississippian World

Fresh look at burials, mass graves, tells a new story of Cahokia

A new study challenges earlier interpretations of an important burial mound at Cahokia, a pre-Columbian city in Illinois near present-day St. Louis. …

Illinois

Victims of Human Sacrifice at Cahokia Were Locals, Not ‘Foreign’ Captives, Study Finds

The practice of human sacrifice in America’s largest prehistoric city was more subtle and complex than experts once thought, new research …

Anthropology

Rock Art | Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Line drawing of petroglyph of a human figure wearing headgear<p>Pictographic panel<p>Pictographic panel (line drawing) which possibly portrays in abstract …

Archaeology

Rock Art | Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

1958 excavations at Gullickson’s Glen<p>Pottery recovered at Gullickson’s Glen<p>Central panel<p>The central panel contains the most petroglyphs but these are …

Archaeology

America's First Pastime

America's First Pastime<p><i>Did rolling stones spread Mississippian culture across North America?</i><p>This 9-inch-tall stone depiction of a chunkey player …

Incorporated

Chunkey

<b>Chunkey</b> (also known as <i>chunky</i>, <i>chenco</i>, <i>tchung-kee</i> or the <i>hoop and stick game</i> [1]) is a game of Native American origin. It was played by rolling …

Southeastern Ceremonial Complex

The <b>Southeastern Ceremonial Complex</b> (formerly the <b>Southern Cult</b>), aka <b>S.E.C.C.</b>, is the name given to the regional stylistic similarity of artifacts, …

Long-nosed god maskette

<b>Long-nosed god maskettes</b> are artifacts made from bone, copper and marine shells (Busycon) associated with the Mississippian culture (800 to 1600 CE) …

God Masks, Mississippian Culture, Page 1

<b>PAGE 1 <br>LONG & SHORT NOSED <br>GOD MASKS <br>MISSISSIPPIAN CULTURE<br>CALHOUN & ST. CLAIR cO., ILLINOIS <br>A.D. 1050 TO A.D. 1250 <br>1 PAGE <br>COPYRIGHT SEPTEMBER 30, 2005</b> …

Archaeology

Tejas

Long-nosed god mask earring from the Gahagan Mound site in northwest Louisiana. One of a matched pair found within a mass of artifacts in the corner …

History

Piasa

Coordinates:<p>The <b>Piasa</b> (/ˈpaɪ.əsɔː/ <i>PY-ə-saw</i>) or <b>Piasa Bird</b> is a Native American dragon depicted in one of two murals painted by Native Americans on …

Piasa Bird Legend - Alton, Illinois

The <b>Piasa Bird</b> (pronounced Pie-a-saw), is a local legend in the Alton area. Its foundings go back to 1673 when Father Jacques Marquette, in recording …

Nature

Horned Serpent

"Uktena" redirects here. For the tribe of werewolves in the World of Darkness setting, see Uktena (World of Darkness).<p>The <b>Horned Serpent</b> appears in …

Catlinite Pipes, Page 1

<b>PAGE 1 <br>CATLINITE PIPES <br>EAST OF THE ROCKIES <br>MIDDLE WOODLAND TO HISTORIC PERIOD <br>PAGE 1 OF 2 PAGES <br>COPYRIGHT JUNE 30, 2009 PETER A. BOSTROM <br>CATLINITE</b> …

Archaeology

"Big Boy" Human Effigy Pipe, Spiro Mounds

<b>PAGE 1 <br>"BIG BOY" PIPE <br>SPIRO MOUND SITE <br>MISSISSIPPIAN PERIOD, CADDOAN CULTURE<br>LE FLORE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA <br>A.D. 1350 TO A.D. 1450 <br>1 PAGE <br>COPYRIGHT</b> …

Archaeology

The Redhorn Panel of Picture Cave. An American Star Map

§1. The Redhorn Panel of Picture Cave. In Warren County, Missouri, is a cave appropriately styled "Picture Cave." The landowner of the property on …

Science

Red Horn

<b>Red Horn</b> is a culture hero in Siouan oral traditions, specifically of the Ioway[1] and Hocąk (Winnebago) nations.[2]<p>He has different names. Only in …

“Red goddesses” in greater Cahokia

The most unusual archaeological job I ever had was back in graduate school, and it remains the only archaeology job I did wearing three-inch heels.<p>As …

Archaeology

Mississippian stone statuary

The <b>Mississippian stone statuary</b> are artifacts of polished stone in the shape of human figurines made by members of the Mississippian culture (800 to …

Mississippian culture pottery

<b>Mississippian culture pottery</b> is the ceramic tradition of the Mississippian culture (800 to 1600 CE) found as artifacts in archaeological sites in …

NMNH Anthropology: Article: Woodpecker Images in Late Prehistoric Southeast

Figure 1. Click on the image for larger view.<p>After many years of obscurity, a recent sighting in Arkansas has brought the ivory-billed woodpecker …

Smithsonian

Mississippian copper plates

<b>Mississippian copper plates</b>, or plaques, are plain and repousséd plates of beaten copper crafted by peoples of the various regional expressions of …

Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Archaeological Site

<b>Chronology of Cahokia based upon calibrated C-14 dates (see Pauketat and Emerson 1997:Fig. 1.3)</b><p>AD 1350 to 1400 Bold Counselor Oneota Phase (Sparse …

Archaeology

The Birdman Tablets From The Cahokia Area

<b>THE "KASSLY" BIRDMAN TABLET <br>A NEW "BIRDMAN" TABLET DISCOVERED ON 11-15-00 BY LIZ KASSLY.</b> <b><br>CLICK ON PICTURES FOR LARGE IMAGES</b><p>ENGRAVED MISSISSIPPIAN …

Archaeology

Fluorite Figures, Page 3

<b>PAGE 3 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 <br>FLUORITE FIGURES <br>MISSISSIPPIAN PERIOD <br>FIGURES FROM ILLINOIS, INDIANA & KENTUCKY <br>EST. A.D. 1000 TO 1450 <br>PAGE 3 OF 3 PAGES</b> …

Archaeology

PAGE 1 THE TOLU FLUORITE STATUE

<b>PAGE 1 <br>THE TOLU FLUORITE STATUE <br>A.D. 1150 to 1200<br>CRITTENDEN CO., KENTUCKY <br>PAGE 1 OF 1 PAGES <br>COPYRIGHT MAY 31, 2011 PETER A. BOSTROM <br>THE TOLU FLUORITE</b> …

Archaeology

Franke Pipe & Falcon Warrior, Page 1

<b>PAGE 1 <br>THE FRANKE PIPE &<br>THE FALCON WARRIOR <br>MISSISSIPPIAN PERIOD<br>CAHOKIA MOUNDS AREA<br>SOUTHERN ILLINOIS <br>PAGE 1 OF 2 PAGES <br>COPYRIGHT APRIL 30, 2008 PETER</b> …

Archaeology

Late Mississippian Rattler Frog Effigy Pipe

<b>THE RATTLER FROG PIPE <br>ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS <br>LATE MISSISSIPPIAN PERIOD<br>A.D. 1250 - A.D. 1350 <br>THE RATTLER FROG PIPE</b> <i><br>OWNED BY THE PEOPLE OF</b> …

Archaeology