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Feltman Mound (Taylor Mill, Kentucky)

Also known as 15Ke112, its location is restricted. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

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The varying cultures collectively called Mound Builders were inhabitants of North America who, during a 5,000-year period, constructed various styles of earthen mounds for religious and ceremonial, burial, and elite residential purposes. These included the Pre-Columbian cultures of the Archaic period; Woodland period (Adena and Hopewell cultures); and Mississippian period; dating from roughly 3400 BCE to the 16th century CE, and living in regions of the Great Lakes, the Ohio River valley, and the Mississippi River valley and its tributary waters. Beginning with the construction of Watson Brake about 3400 BCE in present-day Louisiana, nomadic indigenous peoples started building earthwork mounds in North America nearly 1,000 years before the pyramids were constructed in Egypt.  Since the 19th century, the prevailing scholarly consensus has been that the mounds were constructed by indigenous peoples of the Americas.  Native Americans were generally not knowledgeable about the civilizations that produced the mounds. Research and study of these cultures and peoples has been based mostly on archaeology and anthropology.

Today, the best-surviving features of the Hopewell Tradition era are mounds built for uncertain purposes. Great geometric earthworks are one of the most impressive Native American monuments throughout American prehistory. Eastern Woodlands mounds have various geometric shapes and rise to impressive heights. The function of the mounds is still under debate. Due to considerable evidence and surveys, plus the good survival condition of the largest mounds, more information can be obtained.

source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopewell_culture

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mound_Builders 

photo:  Mouth of the Licking, Robert Dafford Murals on Covington, Kentucky Waterfront, taken by Sean Thomas



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