Monday, April 21, 2014

Glade of the Shiloh Mounds

Check out the Shiloh Mounds on the Tennessee River edge of the Shiloh battlefield. Click on this image (taken April 12, 2014) to see the whole photo above.

This site was occupied by pre-Columbian people for several hundred years. To quote the US National Park Service: 

'The Residents of the Shiloh site were farmers. Corn (maize) was their most important food. They also grew squash and sunflowers, as well as less familiar crops such as goosefoot, marshelder, and maygrass. In addition to their cultivated crops, they also ate a wide variety of wild plants and animals. The most important wild plant foods were hickory nuts and acorns. Most of their meat came from deer, fish, turkey, and small animals such as raccoon, rabbit, and squirrel. . . .' 
'The early inclusion of the mounds area within the boundary of the national military park has protected the site from any modern use. Because the Shiloh site has never been disturbed by the plow, the daub of collapsed walls still stands as low rings or mounds. Shiloh is one of the very few places in the eastern United States where remains of prehistoric houses are still visible on the ground’s surface.'

For more, here's a link.
Edge of the Shiloh Mounds area, overlooking the Tennessee (from Cherokee, Tanasi, but known by other names before that) River.
Speaking of maize and corn . . .
 Q: What did Tennessee? 
 A: What Arkansas.

Yes, Virginia, 
way before us -- 
in "the Before Time" -- 
many people lived 
all across 
these lands
& waterways.

A thousand years from now
What will be found 
of us? 

Today's Rune: Gateway. 

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

Glad to see it being preserved. We've got a couple of native American sites in Louisiana that are pretty cool.