Kolomoki Mounds showed strong influence from South America
Descendants of Kolomoki were probably the founders of the original village at Cahokia!
Kolomoki Mounds in deep Southwest Georgia was one of the largest towns north of Mexico and Lake Okeechobee, Florida during the Woodland Period. It is a National Historical Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Unlike the Hopewell Ceremonial Sites in eastern Ohio it was a permanently occupied community, but also functioned as a regional ceremonial center. What is especially interesting about Kolomoki is that there were cultural traits of its originally settlers and then the later “Weeden Island” occupation of the town, which can be traced directly to eastern or northern Peru.
Ironically, academicians outside the lower Southeastern United States typically either don’t mention Kolomoki or else briefly describe it as an insignificant village on the fringes of the “Greater Hopewell Culture Trading Sphere.” In reality, the founders of Kolomoki were probably colonists from towns along the Chattahoochee and Etowah River, whose settlement long predated the Hopewell Culture. Other than having a symbolic earth berm ringing the central portion of the town, there is little resemblance to Hopewell sites. In fact, as you will learn in this article, Late Hopewell Culture seems to have been influenced by Kolomoki. To read more, go to:
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