Antique Native American Indian Pottery - Mississippian

At a time when Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages and crusaders fought holy wars to gain Jerusalem for the Church, a Native American culture thrived in what is now called the Midwest and Southeast United States. These Native Americans are known today as the Mississippian Moundbuilders.

The Mississippian Culture commenced around 900 AD and lasted until just after the coming of Hernando de Soto and his marauding Spanish fortune hunters in the mid-16th century.

By reason of infectious Old World diseases brought on by the Spanish, population migration due to the depletion of natural resources, or for other unknown reasons, the Mississippian Moundbuilders vanished before Marquette and Joliet traveled through the old Mississippian lands in the late 17th century.

The Moundbuilders were highly accomplished potters, flint knappers, and stoneworkers who also designed and created many status ornaments such as shell gorgets, ear ornaments, and beads.

The Southeastern Mississippians lacked a tradition of producing painted or effigy pottery, but they did produce some of the finest and most delicate pottery vessels ever made.

By definition, a prehistoric people, such as the Mississippian Moundbuilders, left behind no written record of their history. We do have their artifacts and great earthen mounds to help
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