Profile of the temple Mound
Mounds were kinship machines, busy physical plants where communal ties and shared identity were produced daily. Showrooms too, they displayed those same goods.
A burial mound is both a constant, visible symbol of a clan’s lineage and a repository for its ancestors, where they are visited and consulted.
Only a priest could perform ceremonies on a temple mound, we think, and it took a chief to convene a meeting. But everyone came to the mounds to find—and to create—common ground.