Woodland and Mississippian Indians

Woodland and Mississippian Indians (HMWU9)

Location: Paducah, KY 42001 McCracken County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 5.288', W 88° 35.644'

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Woodland Tradition Indians, around 2,000 years ago, developed exotic mortuary cults, built burial mounds and effigy earthworks, and traded great distances for obsidian, copper, mica, and conch shells. They explored and exploited the caves of south central Kentucky where they mined gypsum, epsomite, aragonite, mirabilite and selenite crystals. They made the first clay ceramic vessels, relying equally upon hunting, gathering, fishing and horticultural pursuits for food.

The last prehistoric cultural tradition, the Mississippian, around 700 years ago, exhibit a series of parallel, if not diffused cultural traits originating from Mesoamerica, including the bow and arrow, corn agriculture, truncated (flat-topped) mounds for use by a priestly elite and civil authorities, town plazas, and many similar iconographic designs as found at Kincaid and Wickliffe Mounds.
HM NumberHMWU9
Placed BySponsored by Bill and Meredith Schroeder and Robert Dafford
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 6:21pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 358325 N 4105838
Decimal Degrees37.08813333, -88.59406667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 5.288', W 88° 35.644'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 5' 17.28" N, 88° 35' 38.64" W
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Area Code(s)270
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 S Water St, Paducah KY 42001, US
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