Lately it’s been fashionable to say that hunter-gatherers lived better than we do. They had more free time, they followed more natural sleep cycles, and so on. But is our picture of hunter-gatherer society right? A giant earth mound in Louisiana suggests we know less than we think. Anthropologist Tristram R. Kidder explains.
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Tristram R. Kidder is the Edward S. and Tedi Macias Professor and Chair in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. He studies the evolution of complex human societies in China, Uzbekistan and Eastern Kazakhstan as well as Cahokia, Jaketown and Poverty Point, all in the American Midwest.