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04:19 PM on 02/01/2013
oh yea?? wonder where they got any buckets?? and if they are also responsible for serpent mound in Ohio?
04:54 PM on 02/01/2013
The Serpent Mound is several hundred at least maybe over a thousand years later than this site. The best guess for carrying dirt is baskets, there are basket impressions in the dirt at some large sites like this. I am not sure about Poverty Point.
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05:01 PM on 02/01/2013
i can tell by your writing that you know quite a bit about this but my opinion would be that a basket would be a very onery way to carry dirt , mostly because it would be to hard to clean the dirt out
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MrGman
08:50 PM on 02/02/2013
No expert but they probably got those buckets at Home Depot.
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03:48 PM on 02/01/2013
"...the popular notion that pre-agricultural people were socially, politically, and economically simple and unable to organize themselves into large groups that could build elaborate architecture or engage in so-called complex social behavior."

Please query "Gobekli Tepe".
"...one of the most startling archaeological discoveries of our time: massive carved stones about 11,000 years old, crafted and arranged by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery."
Pre-agriculture hunters and gatherers!
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agenda21
Love your country,but don't trust its government.
05:15 PM on 02/01/2013
Gobei Tepe is older than the Pyramids and the Sphinx and it also my support the legend of the great flood.
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Jeffrey Joe Miller
05:55 PM on 02/01/2013
Imo, the Giza Pyramid is much older than commonly believed by orthodox Egyptologists...likely even much older than Gobekli Tepi.
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07:22 PM on 02/01/2013
The ruins were built between the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which at the time was a land of plenty and the homeland of what were to become many of the grains to be part of the agricultural revolution. It is a possible historical support for the legend of the garden of paradise.
ThinkCreeps
Seriously, it's time.
03:32 PM on 02/01/2013
Slaves. Helping people do the impossible for less.
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Dan Bunn
If ig*nor*ance is bliss, then I'm in trouble...
09:16 PM on 02/01/2013
Not in America ... not like that... these weren't white people or the Chinese.
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Mr Anonymous
I used to be Mr Anonymous, but then the NSA.....
09:34 PM on 02/01/2013
Native Americans still owned slaves. I t may not have been as extensive as with earlier americans, but it was still prevelant in some areas.
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justin sayin
We can be better than we are.
03:20 PM on 02/01/2013
The Army Corp of Engineers should check out this site, it might give them a better idea on how to build levees .
iflew
Pro Publiae Bonae
03:17 PM on 02/01/2013
Had to be a dictatorship. Imagine having our congress vote up or down on each basket of soil to be moved. Today it would depend on who was to be paid the most, and were they a contributor of campaign funds.
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Electrum 01
And the horse you rode in on.
03:15 PM on 02/01/2013
It's getting more and more difficult to have an intelligent exchange, even on the science pages. Boring and unfunny nonsense buries the thoughtful comments to the point where one wants to just give up.
03:40 PM on 02/01/2013
Well said. Many voters did just that last November.
04:50 PM on 02/01/2013
Your comment is a prime example.
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Electrum 01
And the horse you rode in on.
05:16 PM on 02/01/2013
That's what I mean. Give it a rest!  This is a science article. I come here so I don't have to listen to this nonsense.
12:05 PM on 02/04/2013
I don't know Electrum.

For every good post, you will have 5 people post nonsense, but it doesn't necessarily take away from things. I take Poverty Point very seriously, but I can still chuckle at someone saying: "Bigfoot did it" because I mean... come on, it at least offers a somewhat amusing mental picture.
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Electrum 01
And the horse you rode in on.
04:36 PM on 02/04/2013
Maybe it's just me, but I find the jokes lame and pointless. Also too many of the comments are these poor attempts at humor, often political, and the relevant ones are buried in them.
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bbailey123
Uteri of the world, UNITE
03:11 PM on 02/01/2013
I have not seen these mounds but I have visited the ones in eastern Oklahoma. They are absolutely fascinating.
03:09 PM on 02/01/2013
Normaly, hunter-gathers move around following the herd movement of game animals, while finding plant life in their travels.

Staying in one place long enough to buildand use temples for worship and probably sacrifice suggests they were some type of an agricultural society. Just saying.
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Dan Bunn
If ig*nor*ance is bliss, then I'm in trouble...
09:19 PM on 02/01/2013
As were the Natchez, The Creek, the Caddo, the Cherokee and the Chickasaw...
It's a good presumption.
Hunter/Gatherers don't usually have the time to do this with trying to feed themselves.
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Cody Seth Crawford
Freedom is a word
02:35 PM on 02/01/2013
The reason the mound shows no sign of weathering during construction is because the giant alien mothership was hovering over the sight the entire 20 years it took to build it! The author states it would take 30, 000 10 wheel dumptrucks of dirt to build the complex. How many baskets of dirt is that?
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time1865
02:31 PM on 02/01/2013
They can't predict the weather and you believe they can figure out an ancient building schedule. That's funny
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DXM
An extreme moderate
02:41 PM on 02/01/2013
What's funny is that you apparently didn't bother reading the article all the way through yet felt compelled to share an uninformed opinion anyway.
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Electrum 01
And the horse you rode in on.
03:07 PM on 02/01/2013
Here's something funny: Some people are unable to understand the difference between predicting the future and studying the past.
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M Zahran Sallay
apple fan, lumia owner...
10:24 PM on 02/01/2013
and the difference between archaeologists and meteorologists...
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dmoongo
The Purpurescent Pimpernel
02:21 PM on 02/01/2013
They had a lot of time on their hands. Had Louisiana had casinos back then, these mounds wouldn't have been created.
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PumpkinGirl
Karma WILL get you, make no mistake about it!
02:09 PM on 02/01/2013
Sounds like they had a family reunion & decided to "mark" the occasion!! I wish they had some overhead/aerial photos so I could see the mound from a birds-eye point of view...
02:22 PM on 02/01/2013
Google Poverty Point and you can get pictures. It is more than one mound. The whole site is 910 acres according to Wikipedia. It seemed like a couple of hundred to me when I was there but that may have just been the part we walked through. The mound they describe here is a bird effigy. There is a lot more to it than that and it seems like a village or ceremonial site. It is a national monument and state historic site.
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PumpkinGirl
Karma WILL get you, make no mistake about it!
02:50 PM on 02/01/2013
Wow - thanks for the info!! I'll look into it when I get home. So maybe they really were having a party?!
02:05 PM on 02/01/2013
They forgot to say the "Ancient Aliens" did it.
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Ken Blackwell
try a random act of kindness
04:30 PM on 02/01/2013
like i said before -big foots
TomMartin
Freedom and equality.
01:50 PM on 02/01/2013
Why is this story in the World section? Do you want Louisiana to secede?
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agenda21
Love your country,but don't trust its government.
05:16 PM on 02/01/2013
yes
TomMartin
Freedom and equality.
05:44 PM on 02/01/2013
If Louisiana secedes, then the next time a hurricane strikes, the state will get less help from the federal government.
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Gumbo Limbo
Are three enough? Are six too many?
09:12 AM on 02/04/2013
Because of the application to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
TomMartin
Freedom and equality.
03:06 AM on 02/06/2013
OK, I see. Thanks.
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ycplum
Against Stupidity, the Gods themselves try in Vain
01:46 PM on 02/01/2013
In an agrocultural society, I would have guessed the design was a fortification.
02:18 PM on 02/01/2013
No the structures are not fortifications. If you go there that is pretty obvious. It appears the large semi circles were raised to provide camping or living sites. The large mounds may have been burial, ceremonial or both. It is really impressive especially considering that parts of it date back about 3000 years. The whole site is a couple of hundred acres or so.
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ycplum
Against Stupidity, the Gods themselves try in Vain
02:30 PM on 02/01/2013
Obviously I haven't been there. And as Isaid, only if it was agricultural instead of hunter gather. Just remarking on its resemblence to the traditional design for a fortifications (motte and bailey). A raised outer berm (sometimes several concentric rings) that would have had a stockade. A raised central area that would have had a very well built structure as the final defense.
02:22 PM on 02/01/2013
The large mound described here is a bird effigy, by the way.
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ycplum
Against Stupidity, the Gods themselves try in Vain
02:32 PM on 02/01/2013
Interesting.