April 15, 2020
Abstract highly decorated mud balls have been excavated at the ancient Poverty Point Site in Louisiana. They were baked to make them durable through the ages. The designs are abstract, and the patterns represent Spider webs, lotus pods, the sun, an owl. They are dated to 1700 BCE. Poverty Point inhabitants used cooking balls to prepare food, using them as hot rocks. These are different.
These decorated balls were made from soil as far away as the Tennessee River Valley and the Gulf Coast, hundreds of miles away. Were pilgrims bringing these balls to Poverty Point?
The Belleville News Democrat has the report here with a photo of the artifacts.
And the extensive research on this is at Researchgate;Poverty Point Objects Re-Considered;https://www.researchgate.net/publication/304610019_Poverty_Point_Objects_Reconsidered
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