|Mound A, one of three earthen mounds at Smith Creek. |
Image Courtesy of Megan Kassabaum and the Penn Museum Blog.
May, 13, 2015.
" The main goals of the project will be to survey the landscape to gain a broad view of the site overall and determine just how much of the site was modified by its ancient designers; and to excavate at various points across the site with the intention of uncovering artifacts like ceramics, lithics, and plant and animal remains that may represent evidence of ancient food consumption, and unique features that can speak to a very big, underlying question: why was this mound center created in the first place?"
May, 20, 2015.
" The pattern that these sites follow, called the Coles Creek pattern, stands in contrast to some other, later and better-known mound sites in the Americas, such as Cahokia where a chief lived on top of the biggest mound and looked down on the people over whom he held power. At Coles Creek sites, there is little evidence that any one person held political rule over any other portion of the population."
For more information,
- Penn Museum
- University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
- Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
- Penn Museum Youtube
- Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley
- Mississippi Archaeology Trails
- Grand Bay Site Culture
- Cole Creek Culture
- Uncovering Ancient St. Louis
- The Archaeological Channel
- UNESCO World Heritage