National Geographic : 1946 Jan
() National Geographic society Painting by W. Langdon Kihn Stocky, Pearl-decked Hopewell Women Beat Out a Tribal Rhythm in aHarvest Ceremony The spectacular Burial Mound development in the eastern United States preceded the later Temple Mound period. The climax ofthe Burial Mound culture was achieved in Ohio. One of several famous sites is near the present Hopewell. The painting shows a Hopewell burial mound initsprimary stage. Succeeding man tles of earth will be added to it, giving it a tall dome-shaped form. Headdresses and copper-covered antlers are drawn from figurines and specimens uncovered by archeologists. These Indians produced realistic stone carvings, considered by authorities the best ever made north ofMexico. Pearls were their favorite adornment. Such high mounds were erected to cover the ashes of prominent dead. Scientists estimate that the Burial Mound cultures flourished between the years 700 and 1300.