By David La Vere
The Spiro Mounds contained essentially the most awesome pre-Columbian Indian paintings ever came across, all piled atop 1000's of human skeletons. In Looting Spiro Mounds, David l. a. Vere takes readers in the back of the scenes to re-create an exceptional Depression-era archaeological experience helpful of Indiana Jones. l. a. Vere weaves a compelling tale of grave robbers and misplaced treasures as he items jointly the puzzle of the civilization that thrived at Spiro from A.D. 800 to 1450. He reconstructs this significant Mississippian chiefdom and the lives of the priest-chiefs who have been buried there. He additionally plumbs the secret of why the folks of Spiro deserted the location, forsaking their treasures yet no forwarding tackle.
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Now many individuals began to specialize in making particular crafts, such as spear points, baskets, and other utensils. In some areas where food was always plentiful, Indian peoples built large communities and lived there just about year round. 13 For centuries to come, Indian peoples would provide food for their families by hunting, maybe fishing, and much gathering. 14 It began with a woman. After all, women were the gatherers of the band. She and her sisters had spent the day filling a few baskets with seeds and other wild grains.
Increasingly, families depended on women gathering seeds, roots, nuts, berries, and anything else they could. Rather than being constantly on the move, bands now cycled through distinct territories, going wherever the food was plentiful, then moving on once the season was over. Through this they acquired an intimate knowledge of a territory’s plants, animals, and terrain. THE FOUNDING 21 They also created new tools to take advantage of it: fish hooks, bolos for catching birds, snares, smaller spear points, baskets, and the list goes on and on.
The four began to discuss the project among themselves and eventually brought in Kimball McKenzie’s father, W. M. “Bill” McKenzie, a respected store proprietor in nearby Pocola, Oklahoma. Understanding that the negotiations with Evans might be touchy, the five approached Reverend R. W. Wall, a black preacher in the area. They offered to make him a full partner in the project if he could get Evans to lease Craig Mound for a decent price. They also made a pact in which whatever they found in the Spiro Mounds would be divided equally among all six.