The Marksville site in central Louisiana shows how ideas from far away can spark change. About the time of Christ, travelers brought news of the Hopewell culture from where it started hundreds of miles to the north. That culture had distinct artifact styles and rituals. At Marksville, people adopted several of the new customs, but not all of them. The site they left behind gives a peek at how these people balanced tradition and change.
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Archaeologists are very interested in how societies change over time. They are also curious as to why some things stay the same. Marksville is the perfect place for them to seek answers to those questions.
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