Mississippian and Hopewell Archaeology
The De Soto Chronicles
Hernando de Soto visited the Mississippian culture societies in the American southeast between 1539 and 1543. What we know of his explorations come from four historical records.
Mississippian chiefdoms are what archaeologists have called the societies of the Mississippian cultures located in what is today the midwestern and southeastern United States: even if we don't really use the word "chiefdom" anymore. This page includes links to indepth studies of a handful of chiefdoms and what we know of them today.
The Mississippian civilization is the name given by archaeologists to the precolumbian horticulturalists of the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys, between about AD 1100-1450.
Mississippian Period Archaeological Sites
Mississippian period mound centers and villages are located all over the midwestern and southeastern United States, occupied by American horticulturalists AD 1000 and 1500.
A Photo Essay of Moundville
The archaeological park of Moundville, Alabama, contains the ruins of what was an important Mississippian capital from the 11th through 16th centuries AD.
Coosa was a thriving Native American polity of some 50-80 villages under the control of a single paramount chief, when it was visited by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1540.
A bibliography of publications written on the Mississippian capital of Cahokia, southwestern Illinois, from your About.com guide.
Mississippian Civilization Bibliography
A bibliography of academic articles and books on the Mississippian civilization, published since 1998
Cahokia Mounds Museum Shop (Review)
Cahokia Mounds is the site of the capital of the Mississippian world, ca. 1100 AD, located in what is now southwestern Illinois on the Mississippi River. The museum store includes videos, slide strips, posters, stuff with the birdman logo on it, shirts, sweatshirts, caps, etc.
"Digital explorations of the ancient Ohio valley." Brief descriptions and several VRML movies, an extensive bibliography, and a beautiful web site
From Beloit College's Logan Museum, an indepth discussion of the growth and development of the Mississippian culture.
Essential Features of Adena Ritual
A page on what archaeologists have learned about the Adena culture, by R. Berle Clay at the Glenn A. Black Laboratory at teh University of Indiana.
Indian Mounds of Mississippi
A website from the National Park Service on several mound sites in the state of Mississippi (not necessarily Mississippian in period).
The Mississippian Saga
From River Web, an educational and outreach webpage of the University of Illinois, some indepth information about Cahokia and its environs.