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Shiloh in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Mississippian Indians

Mississippian Indians Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 1, 2009
1. Mississippian Indians Marker
Inscription.  The Mississippian-the ancient people who lived here-were unlike their ancestors in several ways. Instead of being nomadic hunter-gatherers, they were farmers who devised an agricultural lifestyle based on corn. They settled in towns along the Mississippi, the Tennessee, and other southeastern river-ways and traded goods with other American Indians in the eastern United States.

Mississippians developed a leadership system of hereditary chiefdoms and built mounds for governmental buildings, temples, and notable burials. At various times leaders may have come from different, opposing clans within the community. Though the Mississippian era lasted from about the year 1000 to the early 1700s, it flourished here at Shiloh only from 1100 to 1300.

Their pottery - more sophisticated than their ancestors' pots - had distinctive arched rims and incised bands of parallel lines or line-filled triangles.
Erected by National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology

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Location. 35° 8.468′ N, 88° 19.662′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Riverside Drive. Marker is located at the Orientation Shelter Shiloh Indian Mounds National Historic Landmark Interpretive Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Riverside Dr, Shiloh TN 38376, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shiloh Indian Mounds (a few steps from this marker); Sifting the Evidence (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Shiloh Indian Mounds (within shouting distance of this marker); Chickasaw Homeland (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp of 17th Kentucky Infantry (about 300 feet away); Kentucky Regiments at Battle of Shiloh (about 500 feet away); Richardson's Battery (approx. ¼ mile away); Clanton's Alabama Cavalry (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shiloh.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 19 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 14, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 4, 2023