Until recently, mounds have been the chief source of information about two Woodland groups, the Adena and Hopewell cultures. The way the mounds were built shows that social structure and ceremony were important parts of the Woodland culture. The amount of time and effort involved in building a mound suggests that the people who were buried beneath them held high social status. Because mounds covered the graves of male and female children and adults, it is likely that status in Adena and Hopewell groups was based more on family ties than personal skills or deeds.
Collection Number: SC 804
Image Number: AL02756