What's The Story
In the late 1950s and 1960s, archaeologists discovered and excavated the remains of three buildings: a rectangular ceremonial building, a sweat lodge, and a cross-shaped building. Based on artifacts and the proximity of the large cemetery located on the nearby bluff, they concluded that the buildings were used for rituals, likely related to funerals. For example, sweat lodges are used today to purify those involved in a variety of rituals. The layout of one building is an equal-arm cross with a fire-pit located in the center. Examples of equal-arm designs appear on a variety of artifacts. Example may be found in the Mississippian Society exhibit on the second level of Dickson Mounds Museum.
To learn more:
Harn, Alan 1991. The Eveland Site: Inroad to Spoon River Mississippian Society. In New Perspectives on Cahokia: Views form the Peripheries, edited by James B. Stoltman, Monographs in World Archaeology No. 2. Prehistory Press.