Yesterday’s post featured some views of Aztalan State Park in Wisconsin. You can read about it in the Wikipedia article here.The pillars formed a stockade that enclosed an open area that contains a few pyramid-shaped, flat-topped mounds. Excavations have produced some burial remains, but re-constructing the way of life of these Mississippian people is still largely guesswork. It didn’t help that the area was sold for farming and plowed in 1838 after its initial discovery and survey. In 1941, the stockade was re-constructed from post holes that were excavated, but there were gaps…were there always gaps? No one knows, for sure. So all of you who guessed that the area may have been used for keeping animals in or animals out or for fortification or for rituals or for farming…you may all be absolutely correct! And you may all be incorrect. Pre-history is great for people who like open-ended answers. It’s humbling to those of us who tend toward perfectionism. We can’t ever really know The Truth, but we can observe and imagine and learn about ourselves by the stories we tell about the world. Change is all around us. Our experience seems to be the truest thing…until the next experience comes along. Maybe a good way to look at all of life is with a wink and a smile!
haha…. that answer will do nicely!! and this is a really fantastic photo!
I knew you wouldn’t be disappointed with the imprecision! Thanks!
Thanks! She’s a great kid!
I have storyteller friend who is married to a flint knapper in the St. Louis area. A few years ago I went to teach a storytelling workshop there, and afterwards she took me to a place that seems very similar to this place that you describe, with post holes and small mounds. And…it’s STILL a mystery!
That was probably Cahokia…it’s right across the Mississippi from St. Louis, in Illinois. I haven’t been there yet, but my partner has talked about it at length. He’s very much into archeology.
I wonder if he knows Marilyn and Larry Kinsella.
Beautiful picture, I think Susan looks like Aunt Dharam here!
I thought that too, a bit. I always love looking at photos of all of us and noticing family resemblances that aren’t usually apparent.
Interesting! I think it’s her nose, altered a bit by being pressed against a pole…but I do see it.