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meaning/size/earthworks

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marcia m eaton (marciameaton)
Fri, 19 Feb 1999 12:45:56 -0500


The earthworks discussion has been so interesting. I have visited several
mounds and always wonder where they "stood" to get a sense of what they
really looked like. I think in an earlier message I suggested that our
conception of the landscape must be different since the invention of the
airplane. The people who designed these must have had vivid visual
imaginations. Again we have what we might call the "work problem": that
is, who did the work. We think about this with respect to the Egyptian and
Mayan pyramids, Trajan's Forum, etc. I confess that I do not know about
earth mounds in the Midwest----was there a slave class that moved the
earth, or did members of the community readily participate in what they
viewed as a spiritual activity? If so, does that make them more beautiful
to you? more valuable? As you know, to some extent this would make my
response to them richer. Marcia

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