Monumental Earthworks: Advanced Civilizations

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LaDonna Brown notes that the Mississippian period existed from about 900 A.D. to 1400 A.D. What we have to account from this era are the enormous mounds they built, with great care given to their positions in terms of alignment with the stars and the cycles of seasons.


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