Timeline2


Gorget

January 1, 1300
Gorget

In the centuries before European contact, Native Americans built networks of cities that shared technologies, belief systems, and cultural forms. This Mississippian gorget, made from a shell found in the Gulf of Mexico, but discovered in a burial mound in Tennessee, demonstrates the extensive exchange between native peoples in different geographic regions before European contact. Mississippian Society, which flourished between 800 and 1500 C.E. in Eastern North America, was united by the widespread production of corn, shared ideologies, and towns that often featured platform mounds. The representation of Morning Star reflects a shared cosmology where the Earth is situated between an underworld and a sky world, and this is reinforced by the shell’s circular shape and incised circles that may suggest a cycle of life, death, and regeneration.

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Covered sugar bowl

January 1, 1745
Covered sugar bowl

Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mifflin

January 1, 1773
Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mifflin

Court Cupboard, 1665-73

January 22, 2020
Court Cupboard, 1665-73
Cite this page as: Beth Harris, "Timeline2," in Smarthistory, March 15, 2020, accessed April 6, 2020, https://smarthistory.org/timeline2/.