Besides building these ceremonial mounds, the Mississippians were known for making pottery by the coil method. Clay soil found along creek banks in this area made excellent clay soil for pottery. Tattooing with bone needles and an antler striker was also very common. Ochre pigment and/or black carbon pigment was used to create many facial designs on the Mississippians. Also, several archaic spear points were found.
Finally, I climbed up Monks Mound. It was incredible how far you could see. The mound takes up fourteen acres alone. There were so many stairs that I could not imagine how the Mississippians would have climbed it daily. It would be amazing to be able to see the view without all the distant buildings that have now been built. I cannot imagine the back- breaking work it took to create this unnatural mound of earth.
I am glad to have finally visited. I have been wanting to for many years. I hate the fact that the question of where the Mississippians went when the land was finally abandoned is unknown. Thankfully, the mounds were there to protect what history archeologists were able to find out.