Prehistoric shells cover the mound summit. 40 x 40” photograph printed on aluminum
Why do we say a building is this or that many “stories’’ high? It may go back to the Middle Ages when European churches had tale-telling stained-glass windows at each level.
Indian mounds are narrative piles, layers of story lain horizontally in earth, sand, shell and bones.
For hundreds or thousands of years, those stories have pressed, settled, and leached into each other. When scientists incise downward to cut a tubed core sample, what chopped plots, speech fragments and mangled characters must they remove?