The Southeast Arkansas Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society held their
regular monthly meeting Oct. 3. At the meeting, Mack Prichard, a State
Naturalist of Tennessee presented a program called “Conserving
Tennessee’s Archeological Heritage.”
In the presentation, Prichard showed different artifacts slides
such a pottery, stone figures, status and paintings discovered
in the Tennessee and Arkansas area.
The program also featured the mention of major Indian mound sites.
The mounds, which served as small burial areas, usually look
conical or round in appearance. In the early days, a group of
Indian mound builders became carried away with the mounds and
made them in geometric shapes, which this certain group used to
define a sacred ground, Prichard said.
The presentation about mounds included those of Chucalissa in
Memphis and Pinson in Jackson, both in Tennessee.
Prichard also said that people need to preserve the sites of the
Native American’s past.
“The more you tell people
about a beautiful place, the chances are more likely it will
stick around.” Prichard said.