The Mound Building Peoples Of The Eastern United States

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Throughout history there have been ebbs and flows identified within all facets of human history, and the Native American mound-builders were no different. The mound-building peoples of the Eastern United States (U.S.) along with the Aztec’s, Mayan and the Inca were revolutionary economists, farmers and communal architects. Before the Europeans came in contact with the mound-building tribes in the 1500’s, a thriving nation was had developed into an economic powerhouse and maintain its position of power and commerce for a few hundred years. We would be remiss to not preserve the archeological remnants of the Adena, Hopewellian and later the Mississippians. Each of the many built mounds holds unique facts and details to how the nation thrived and developed over several centuries.

One of the most influential and progressive cultures in North American history was the mound-building Native American tribes. The most significant aspects of the mound-building peoples was the multitude of mounds built for burials, ceremonial and ritual events, temples and other important buildings, and effigy mounds in the shape of various animals (Colin Calloway, 2012, p. 32). Archeologists classify mound building Indians of the Southeast into three major chronological/cultural divisions: the Archaic, the Woodland, and the Mississippian (United States National Park Service, n.d.). Although Mississippians are known for their mounds; they were also the first fully domesticated farmers cultivating…
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