Monthly Archives: July 2011

Ouachita River Valley

I recently had the privilege of taking a tour of some of the mound sites along the Ouachita River Valley with Joe Saunders, regional archaeologist.  There is no comparison between reading about the mounds in a book and standing on … Continue reading

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Shadows

Shadows fall briefly across layers of the ancient world – short visits between old stories and the archaeologists who study them. Poverty Point, Mound C Excavation, June 2011

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The Tendal Mound

Living on top of an ancient site … … loving, fighting, grieving.  Mowing the grass, washing the windows, burning the burgers. And below … 1600 year old sacred ground. The Tendal Mound, Madison Parish.  Estimated age AD 400.

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Around the Mounds

These ancient earthworks are impressive to me … the work it took to create them, the engineering, the mysterious reasons they were created.  And they are landmarks that I can see.  But the flat land that surrounds them probably holds just as … Continue reading

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Waiting

She seems to be waiting.  Arms folded.  Patiently.  Tenderly.  Who is she?  Who created her? She fell from someone’s fingertips into the dirt, over 3000 years ago.  And there she stayed, through floods and tornadoes and highway construction and plowing, … Continue reading

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World Heritage Site

The Poverty Point State Historic Site has received a World Heritage Site nomination.  It’s a REALLY big deal.  You can read more about it here – http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5246/ This nomination is going to be a huge undertaking and will require a lot … Continue reading

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The Mound Builders

I am not an archaeologist and am terrible at remembering dates and facts and numbers.  But I am better at understanding ideas.  And the idea of who these people were and how they lived is enthralling to me. The oldest mound … Continue reading

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An Introduction

I am embarking on a new photography project that I am tentatively calling Shared Earth.  I usually start a new project quietly, not even aware myself that the road is splitting again until I notice the scenery slowly starting to change.  … Continue reading

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