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By Michael Ruggeri | News, sites, articles on the Ancient Mississippian culture and the Southeast Ceremonial Complex; its history, archaeology, iconography, religion, art, and influence.

1,000 Years Ago, Corn Made This Society Big. Then, A Changing Climate Destroyed It

About a 15-minute drive east of St. Louis is a complex of earthen mounds that once supported a prehistoric city of thousands. For a couple of hundred years, the city, called Cahokia, and several smaller city-states like it flourished in the Mississippi River Valley. But by the time European …

Archaeology

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. …

Archaeology

America’s Largest Earthwork, Cahokia’s Monks Mound, May Have Been Built in Only 20 Years, Study Says

It was ten stories tall, and wider at the base than the Empire State Building. And nearly a thousand years ago, it was the centerpiece of the …

Archaeology

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 …

Archaeology

Ancient Aztalan

Skeleton of a young woman found in 1919 in a mound behind the Baptist church at Aztalan.<p>The mound located directly back of the Aztalan Baptist church …

Carson Mounds

The <b>Carson site</b>, also known as the <b>Carson Mounds</b> and/or <b>Carson-Montgomery-Stovall</b> [2][3][4] was once a large Mississippian culture site along the …

Mississippi Valley archaeological site reveals transition from hunter-gatherer to farming cultures of ancient Native Americans

Professor Meg Kassabaum climbed a ladder down into the earth, where bits of pottery and charcoal and stripes of soil and sand sketch the story of the …

Carson Mounds

The <b>Carson site</b>, also known as the <b>Carson Mounds</b> and/or <b>Carson-Montgomery-Stovall</b> [2][3][4] was once a large Mississippian culture site along the …

Watson Brake

<b>Watson Brake</b> is an archaeological site in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana from the Archaic period. Dated to about 5400 years ago (approx. 3500 BCE), …

Archaic Native Americans built massive Louisiana mound in less than 90 days, research confirms​

Nominated early this year for recognition on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which includes such famous cultural sites as the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu …

Poverty Point

This article is about the US National Monument and Louisiana state historic site in the lower Mississippi valley. For the geographical feature in …

Poverty Point culture

<b>Poverty Point culture</b> is an archaeological culture that corresponds to an ancient group of Indigenous peoples who inhabited the area of the lower …

Louisiana Archaeology Poverty Point Culture:A Definition

When archaeologists excavated part of the tail of the largest bird mound at Poverty Point, they found nothing that indicated the purpose of the …

Archaeology

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Prehistoric Beads

<b><br>POVERTY POINT STONE BEADS</b><b> <br>LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY</b> <i><br>CHARLES E. MOORE COLL.</i><p><b>Poverty Point is the largest and most complex Late Archaic site in North</b> …

Archaeology

Caddoan Mississippian culture

The <b>Caddoan Mississippian culture</b> was a prehistoric Native American culture considered by archaeologists as a variant of the Mississippian culture.[1] …

Mississippian culture

The <b>Mississippian culture</b> was a mound-building Native American civilization archeologists date from approximately 800 CE to 1600 CE, varying …

Tejas > Caddo Fundamentals > Mississippian World

Among the hundreds of ritual centers across the Mississippian world, most were relatively small and contained only a few mounds. A few among them …

Archaeology

NATIVE PEOPLES of NORTH AMERICA - Mississippian Traditions

The Mississippian cultural tradition lasted a long time, almost 900 years [thrived between about A.D. 700/800 and A.D. 1500/1600] and during its …

Ancient History

Mound Builders

For other uses, see Mound builder (disambiguation).<p>The varying cultures collectively called <b>Mound Builders</b> were inhabitants of North America who, …

Native Americans:Prehistoric:Mississippian

'Long-nosed god' maskette, Emmons site, Fulton County.<p>Made from a piece of marine shell (<i>Busycon</i>), this 'long-nosed god' maskette. These …

Anthropology

Section Seven: Introduction to Mississippian Cultures

Between about A.D. 700 and 900, people living in the central Mississippi River valley developed a lifestyle that archaeologists call Mississippian. …

Archaeology

Southeastern Ceremonial Complex

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

Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand

<b>EXHIBITION THEMES</b><p>Bird Claw Cutout. Ohio, Ross County, Hopewell site; A.D. 1–400; sheet mica; the Field Museum, Chicago.<p><b>INTRODUCTION</b><p><i>Hero, Hawk, and</i> …

Art

RiverWeb:AmBot:PreHist:Art

<i>The Sponemann figurine.</i><p>Much Mississippian art has obvious stylistic and symbolic similarities with Native American art dating back a few thousand …

Stone Spuds Page 1

<b>CLICK ON PICTURE FOR LARGE IMAGE</b> <b> <br>FLARED BIT SPUDS <br>MISSISSIPPIAN PERIOD <br>ILLINOIS, MISSOURI, OHIO & TENNESSEE</b> <br>FLOYD RITTER COLLECTION<p><b>The spuds in this</b> …

St. Clair Side-Notched Hoes Page 1

<b>ST. CLAIR SIDE-NOTCHED HOES <br>MISSISSIPPIAN CULTURE<br>ILLINOIS & MISSOURI</b><p><b>This article illustrates and describes several examples of St. Clair side-notched</b> …

Anthropology

Riches of the Classic Mississippian Civilization

Some of the most stunning examples of classic North American art have been kept in obscurity, unknown to all but a few scholarly specialists. Several …