The Wandering Mind

The Moundbuilders

Posted in Mormonism,Old Testament,Religious History by wandren on 10 June 2009

Although it is generally believed that the funeral mounds found largely in the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys were built by Native American Indians, considering the plausible evidence* that today’s Native American Indians are descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel, I don’t see a conflict between the conventional opinions and the oft-dismissed theories of older mound-builder cultures; just because a belief is widely-held, doesn’t mean it’s true – none of the experts believed the city of Troy was real until they excavated it.  I fail to see how the “alternative” theories about the Moundbuilders is so reviled by mainstream thought because they are, at the root, the same.

Ancestry of the Indo-European Languages

Ancestry of the Indo-European Languages

In 1820, Caleb Atwater (an Ohio postmaster), the first person to conduct an extensive study of the mounds, “cited the presence of Old World mounds from Wales to Russia, and brought the Mound Builders to America via Asia, the Bering Strait, and Alaska.   The migration had occurred long ago, he says, ‘as early as the days of Abraham and Lot.’   After building the humble earthen heaps in Ohio, though, the Mound Builders had begun gradually to move south, gaining in skill all the while, until they reached Mexico.  This can be seen in the line of mounds that, Atwater says, ‘continue all the way into Mexico, increasing indeed in size, number, and grandeur, but preserving the same forms.’”

Which is more likely?  That cultures all over the world developed similar rituals separately, or that they all share the same root, and branched-out from there?  Atwater’s hypothesis that the Moundbuilders gained skill and sophistication as they moved southward into Mexico is in perfect alignment with the linguistic and DNA evidence proving that Native Americans migrated southward from Alaska – whether they crossed the Bering Straights or sailed from Polynesia is still debated, but that they moved southward is not.

* See the Holy Stones of NewarkDecalogue of Los Lunas, Lamanai, The Olmecs, and the The Mesechs.


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