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The concentrated settlements depended on the agricultural surpluses. They had large public areas such as plazas and platform mounds, where leaders lived or conducted rituals.
Mississippian civilization collapsed in Indiana during the mid-15th century for reasons that remain unclear.
Indiana is the 38th largest by area and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th U. Before becoming a territory, varying cultures of indigenous peoples and historic Native Americans inhabited Indiana for thousands of years.
The people developed new tools as well as techniques to cook food, an important step in civilization.
An early Woodland period group named the Adena people had elegant burial rituals, featuring log tombs beneath earth mounds.
In the middle portion of the Woodland period, the Hopewell people began developing long-range trade of goods.
Such new tools included different types of spear points and knives, with various forms of notches.
They made ground-stone tools such as stone axes, woodworking tools and grinding stones.