This year, the theme for Florida Archaeology month is "Engineers of
the Mississippian." But what exactly is the Mississippian Period? The
easy answer is that it's a period in Florida's past dating between AD
1000-1600. Let's take a look at what makes this time period significant.
|Photo credit: Herb Roe, from Wikipedia.|
|Artist's rendition of what Cahokia looked like a thousand years ago. Photo Credit: Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.|
Mississippian Period Floridians did engineer their landscapes like many others from the Mississippian cultures. They built large mounds from sand and shell and dug extensive canal networks. Many of these still existence today including the Grand Shell Ring in Jacksonville (the only known non-Archiac shell ring!), Mt. Royal in Putnam County and Pineland in Ft. Meyers.
|Grand Shell Ring is largely constructed from shell midden. Photo credit: Parsons 2008|
|Long-Nosed God Masks have been found throughout the SE including Grant Mound at the Mill Cove Complex and show ties to Cahokia. Photo Credit: Herb Roe, from Wikipedia.|
To explore more of the Mississippian Period, check out our lesson and activities on Mound Building during the period. You can try your hand at mapping Mt. Royal, look for changes to Pineland over time, or create your own mound.
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Text by Emily Jane Murray, FPAN Staff.