Moundbuilders on the Mississippi

January 2004
Earthwatch Institute Journal;Jan2004, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p74
This article focuses on Moundbuilders on the Mississippi River. The most sophisticated and powerful community in the Western Hemisphere north of Mexico that flourished in the Mississippi River's rich bottomland was that of Mississippians. After thriving there for five centuries, the Mississippians, went the way of other great civilizations such as the Maya and Egyptians, and the site was abandoned by A.D. 1400. The Cahokia site supported a sedentary population of 10-20,000 with the large-scale cultivation of corn, squash and other crops along with the region's bountiful wildlife and indigenous plants. Archaeologists John Kelly and William Iseminger have been involved with surveys and excavations at Cahokia Mounds for more than 30 years as of January 2004.


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