Alysa Landry, of Indian Country Today, has written an informative article about Nashville Metropolitan Council's efforts to preserve a 6.7 acre plot which containts the area's largest intact Mississippian village.
"The village, known as Kellytown, dates to the 1400s and was part of a massive civilization built along a natural sulfur spring....Nashville was settled in the late 1700s, on top of what archaeologists call a thriving metropolis, home to perhaps hundreds of thousands of people belonging to the Mississippian Culture, or mound-builders. The population of ancient Nashville disbursed around 1450—before the arrival of European settlers—but the people left behind dozens of village sites, some larger towns and countless graves."
For more information,
- Fundraising Successful: Native Settlement in Nashville to be Saved
- Indian Country Today.
- December 9, 2014.
- Southeastern Prehistory: Mississippian and Late Prehistoric Period
- Southeast Archaeological Center
- Introduction to Mississippian Cultures
- Virtual First Ohioans
- Ancient Architects of the Mississippi
- National Park Service
- Mississippian World
- Texas Beyond History
- Late Woodland to Mississippian Transition in Illinois Due to Internal Culture Change Not Migration
- December 2, 2014.