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Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Woodland and Mississippian Indians

 
 
Woodland and Mississippian Indians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
1. Woodland and Mississippian Indians Marker
Inscription. Woodland Tradition Indians, around 2,000 years ago, developed exotic mortuary cults, built burial mounds and effigy earthworks, and traded great distances for obsidian, copper, mica, and conch shells. They explored and exploited the caves of south central Kentucky where they mined gypsum, epsomite, aragonite, mirabilite and selenite crystals. They made the first clay ceramic vessels, relying equally upon hunting, gathering, fishing and horticultural pursuits for food.

The last prehistoric cultural tradition, the Mississippian, around 700 years ago, exhibit a series of parallel, if not diffused cultural traits originating from Mesoamerica, including the bow and arrow, corn agriculture, truncated (flat-topped) mounds for use by a priestly elite and civil authorities, town plazas, and many similar iconographic designs as found at Kincaid and Wickliffe Mounds.
 
Erected by Sponsored by Bill and Meredith Schroeder and Robert Dafford.
 
Location. 37° 5.288′ N, 88° 35.644′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is on South Water Street south of Broadway Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 S Water Street, Paducah KY 42001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Woodland and Mississippian Indians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
2. Woodland and Mississippian Indians Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Paleo and Archaic Indians (here, next to this marker); Chickasaw Tribe in Kentucky (here, next to this marker); First County Seat - Braxton Small (a few steps from this marker); Iced Solid - Clear to Illinois! (a few steps from this marker); Marine Ways (a few steps from this marker); George Rogers Clark, 1752-1818 (a few steps from this marker); May 1913 Paducah Homecoming (within shouting distance of this marker); First Log Cabin / First Frame House (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Paducah.
 
Also see . . .  The Paducah Wall to Wall Floodwall Mural Project. Renowned artist Robert Dafford and his team of muralists capture Paducah’s rich history in paintings on the city’s floodwall overlooking the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. (Submitted on October 25, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
The Kincaid Site image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
3. The Kincaid Site
Woodland and Mississippian Indians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
4. Woodland and Mississippian Indians Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 572 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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