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Mississippian culture definitions

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Last major prehistoric cultural development in N. America, c.800-1550. It spread over much of the Southeast and the mid-continent, especially in the major river valleys. It was based on intensive cultivation of corn, beans, squash, and other crops. Each large town dominated a group of satellite villages. Each had a central ceremonial plaza with one or more pyramidal or oval earthen mounds surmounted by a temple, a pattern indicating a connection to Central America. Craftwork was executed in copper, shell, stone, wood, and clay. @T:The culture had already begun to decline by the time Europeans first penetrated the Southeast. See also Southeastern Indians, Woodland cultures.



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