Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fossils & Ruins: Mississippians

I have a secret to admit. Before I was heart-set on becoming a writer, my passion was for dirt and anything buried beneath; mainly dinosaurs and ancient civilizations. Although I cannot pursue this passion in full I can still research as much as my little heart desires. So I might as well share my findings with you. 


Here's an ancient civilization in the United States. The first time I read about it was in the National Geographic Magazine and I just happened to find it again. This civilization really sparked interests.

The Mississippians was a large civilization stretching from most of the east's southern coast up to the Great Lakes.

This particular culture is one of the only civilizations to create pyramid like mounds. The greatest known and well kept mound to date is called Cahokia and is located in Illinois.

The mounds were used to display hierarchy. The community with more mounds are higher on the hierarchical scale. An artist representation of such town is portrayed below:

As shown in the illustration, the civilization maintained domestic housing; it also created temples and burial buildings.

Although the Mississippians civilization was quite large and prosperous with trade spreading into the Rockies, there wasn't a writing system in place.

This world came to an end with the Spaniards arrived. Most Mississippians died to infectious diseases opposed to war and fighting. Survivors lingered and became nomadic and others stayed and lived in the old ways, but the Mississippian culture completely collapse and after a couple generations even the oral tradition was severed from its historical roots. 

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S.G.Renee has written poetry/fiction for over ten years and has worked with Clash of Weapons (COW) for the last three.  Equipped with a BSc degree in Professional Writing (with emphasis in Anthropology), AA in Studio Art and experience in creative writing, she can write in various mediums. Writing has always been a huge part of her life since she was small, writing stories for her younger siblings. Renee loves writing poetry, but will happily write literary fiction, horror, fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction. She works as a technical writer for an engineering incorporation and an event organizer for a local writing group while working on projects for COW.