Chunkey and the spread of Mississippian culture

Chunkey was one of the most popular sports in pre-European America. It was a simple game consisting of a round stone being rolled down a specially-prepared plaza while a group of men threw spears to where they believed the stone would stop. The game dates back at least a thousand years and was still being played when the first Europeans arrived.

Head pots of Arkansas

A new book has collected photographs of every known Native American head pot in existence. Head pots are a very rare and unique form of pre-historic Native American pottery found almost exclusively in northeast Arkansas and the adjacent bootheel region of Missouri. They are distinguished from other native North American pottery in that the entire […]

Thousands of years ago another civilization inhabited Missouri

On one of many pinnacles along the bluffs lining the Missouri River
southwest of Columbia, atop the steep face of jagged rock plunging to
the landing, there is an inconspicuous 10-foot lump of earth. What
appears to be a natural point in the landscape ˜ insignificant in the
swath of hills and valleys ˜ is a burial mound, formed by human hands
thousands of years ago.