Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Stone Mound Culture

I suppose you have heard of this:

One example of the great diversity can be found in the Stone Mound Burial culture in the northern Shenandoah Valley. This culture, dating from 400 B.C. to A.D. 200, placed hundreds of low stone mounds in clusters on ancient bluff-like river terraces overlooking the floodplain. Only a few people were buried with great ceremony in each mound. Sometimes, the Stone Mound people placed rare and sacred objects made from exotic materials in the graves. These objects included tubular and platform pipes, copper beads, hematite cones, pendants, basalt celts, spear-throwing stones, and caches of projectile points. The people placed the objects within the mound for the deceased to use on their afterlife journeys. The few graves within each mound, the few clusters of mounds, and the special objects suggest that the Stone Mound Burial culture gave only higher-ranking people this preferential treatment.

Adding sarcastically: obviously those Indians could not have come to New England and, equally obviously, if they had, all traces would have been erased. The depth of the ignorance of such things in the Massachusetts Archeological Officialdom is staggering.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

On eastern bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, in Missouri I believe, some ancient U-shaped enclosures were found, in which human bones had been placed. These enclosures faced the SW, and I could see the connection between them and the prayer seats that are found out west. I have a photograph of one of them that I could post when I find the image.