Archaeologists on today’s mounds

What are the mounds of today, what does our society build and use in the ways Native Americans did their monuments? Some archaeologists answer:

* “Football stadiums. That’s where we gather today for highly ritualized ceremonies–including feasts. They’re also markers that show your historical and family ties to that territory.”

* “The World Trade Center (before 9/11), or other huge skyscraper. We bring our trading partners to the highest places in the biggest cities to make a deal, to impress with our power and importance, and early peoples used mounds to make the same statement.”

* “Burning Man. Mobile people with common interests–a cult–come together for ritual and creative expression, including building structures. Also, that festival’s over in a week, and we know some mounds were created quickly, in as little as three months.”

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