Why did the Mound Builders build mounds and what was the purpose of mounds built by the Mississippians?

The Adena and Hopewell built mounds as sites to bury their dead.

The Mississippians continued this tradition, but they also built a new type of mound, large pyramids with flat tops. The tops of the mounds were places where religious leaders lived and performed rituals. Some later mounds were made as fortifications to keep enemies out.

Mound-building itself may also have served a social role by helping people live peacefully with one another.

In trading centers such as Poverty Point, where people from many groups came together, working side by side on these great projects may have taught different peoples how to get along.

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1 thought on “Why did the Mound Builders build mounds and what was the purpose of mounds built by the Mississippians?”

  1. these mounds are not the best in the world they are boring. the only time they are pretty is when they have flowers on them and pretty grass

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