Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Archaeology | Indigenous people knew little about vast ancient American earthworks

From author Brad Lepper writing in the Columbus Dispatch (I think this might apply in New England as well.):

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Tim MacSweeney said...

"Why are Native American Eastern Earthwork Sites so Important? The indigenous history of the Eastern North American continent IS THE MOST UNDER-RATED AND UNDER-APPRECIATED story in American history. Archeology and anthropology in the western half of the United States have often taken precedence in the hearts and minds of the American public. In the East, most of our Native American earthworks were destroyed in the fifty years following European settlement, either by plow, excavation, or development. Of the many people inhabiting the Eastern Forest, the culture known as the Hopewell, living between 2,200 and 1,500 years ago, were one of the most artistic and geographically influential to have ever lived on the entire continent.

If those of us living in the East are ever to establish a deep sense of place and pride in our landscape, we would do well to commit to recovering and honoring the history of our land, and the long history of people who lived upon it."