Report about the Winterville Mounds Field Trip

Our school paid a visit to the Winterville Mounds. It was a fascinating as well as an educative trip because we were going to have a view of all the things that we had learned in the class about the mounds. We had gathered information that the mounds were a home to the Native Americans and that they also symbolized the burial grounds of the society’s prominent leaders as well as offering sites for the essential ceremonies of the various communities. At the museum, we were able to see different exhibits about Mendes tour. The exhibition highlighted the approach used in the construction of the mounds a well as the way of life of the various societies that lived in the era of the mounds.Report about the Winterville Mounds Field Trip

In the museum, we were able to figure out that not all the ancient people in Winterville used to live in the mounds. There are those that engaged in agricultural activities which served as a source of their livelihood. Such societies lived away from the mounds. Similarly, we were able to obtain the understanding that Winterville acted as the center of the Mississippian culture.  The tradition was characterized by flat-topped mounds and a social hierarchy that was complex. The members of the society engaged in activities such as pottery basketry and weaving. Besides, we learned that Winterville was ruled by chiefs. However, as time went by, the political system disintegrated, and this led to the collapse of Winterville. By 1600, the only proof that there used to be a community in Winterville as the remnants of the mounds.

Equally, the trip enabled us to learn that the American Indians were the first people to start the construction of the mounds. However, European diseases led to the death of the majority of this group of individuals.  The human beings who survived led to the formation of contemporary Indian communities which includes the Chickasaws and the Chocktaws. Mounds building in Winterville were faced with the challenge of not having tools. However, the Native Americans figured out a way that was effective in the construction of the mounds. To begin with, mound construction started with the identification of dirt that was added to a growing mound. The earth would then be stamped by the use of the feet repeatedly until the point where they could agree that the mounds had taken the desired shape.  Before the construction of the mounds, the Mississippi people, piled layers to the mounds already in existence until it conformed to the optimal height. At this juncture, they put structures on top of the mounds. Archeological activities have enabled researchers to establish how the Native Americans went on their lives. The majority of the mounds in Winterville were built through the application of a method known as the wall-trench. The social rank of the American Indians was determined by the mother’s family side.Report about the Winterville Mounds Field Trip

During the field trip, we were also able to gather information that the Native Americans used to feed on squirrels rabbits and various types of birds during the construction of the mounds. There is also the evidence that the people in the Winterville used to build pots through the application of clay. The mounds shapes kept on changing over time and offered sites for rituals as well as hiding places during floods.

Equally, at the museum, we were able to get the information of the ceramics that were built by the Native Americans. We saw a variety of the items that were made by this people, and this indicated a unique culture.

In conclusion, the above discussions demonstrate that the field trip was full of educational information. We were able to see some of the remnants of the mounds and knew how the structures were constructed as well as their purposes.