Chapter 2. The First Arkansas People. Scientist & Archaeology. Many scientists believe that people first arrived in North America during the last Ice Age.
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The First Arkansas People
Woodland Era 500 BC-900 AD
Mississippian Era 900 AD- 1541 AD
Map of Beringia
1. The glaciers melted.
2. The Ice Age ended.
3. The climate became drier and
500 BC-900 AD
900 AD-1541 AD
Located in the center of the village
Was a large open field (Plaza)
Mound or several mounds
Housed government functions and also served as house for the chiefs
One of the largest temple mound cities in Arkansas was located at Parkin.
Inside of a long house
Large and complex farm culture
May have been as many as 8,000 of them
Large crops of corn and beans
Did some hunting also
Wore tanned deerskins.
Sometimes, they were decorated with fringe and small seeds.
Wore skirts made of woven grass or a kind of cloth made from plants.
Both men & women thought that tattoos and
body paint made them more attractive.