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Mound Builders of Mississippi and the Surrounding Areas
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Jun 6, 2006, 01:36 PST

The Mound Builders

From 5000 BC through the mid-16th Century there was a native American culture known as the Mound Builders that thrived in North America. This complex agricultural community is known to us through the massive earthen mounds that they left behind and the artifacts that have been found in and around them. Unfortunately, most of their legacy has been destroyed. The following sites, however, are working to preserve the remaining evidence of their culture.

The Mississippian Mound Builders and Their Artifacts
Learn all about this fascinating Native American culture at this site by Anthony Stein. The site is broken into 10 sections including pottery, flint points, flint implements, pipes, and shell ornaments. Within each section, he explains how things were used in everyday life. There are also plenty of images to show you what the various artifacts look like to give you a better sense of the times.
Source: Anthony Stein

Ancient Architects
The National Park Service has created this mini-site on the Mound Builders of the Mississippi region. It includes an excellent timeline that covers the entire span of the mound builders from 5000 BC through the mid 16th century. Other sections include: Life along the River, the Mound Builders, Traders and Travelers, and Delta Voices. This is a clean, easy-to-read site that has wonderful material for those interested in this time period.
Source: The National Park Service

Moundville Archaeological Park
Take a quick look at an actual mound site at this website. A site map shows the location of the town enclosure and the twenty-six smaller mounds contained within it. Moundville is second in size and complexity only to the Cahokia site in Illinois.
Source: Dr. Vernon James Knight, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama

Etowah Mounds Historic Site
One of the last great cities of the Mound Builders was located near the juncture of the Etowah River and Pumkinvine Creek. This is now known as the Etowah Mounds Historic Site. There are over 54 acres of protected park land with seven mounds, borrow pits, a plaza and part of the original village.
Source: Golden Ink

Indian Mounds of Mississippi
Learn about who the Mound Builders were, how the mounds were built, and what is being done to preserve this important part of American history. There is also an interactive travel itinerary map available.
Source: National Register of Historic Places

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