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New research in the current issue of the journal Geoarchaeology, offers compelling evidence that one of the massive earthen mounds at Poverty Point was constructed in less than 90 days, and perhaps as quickly as 30 days an incredible accomplishment for what was thought to be a loosely organized society consisting of small, widely scattered bands of foragers.
Our findings go against what has long been considered the academic consensus on hunter-gatherer societies that they lack the political organization necessary to bring together so many people to complete a labour-intensive project in such a short period, says study co-author T.R. Kidder, PhD, professor and chair of anthropology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.
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