Moundbuilders on GitHub!!

Mixing Open Source Technology and Archeology Data Together

The Mound Builder culture was the high point of society in Pre-European North America.  Hundreds of Mounds are scattered throughout the US.

The varying cultures collectively called Mound Builders were inhabitants of North America who, during a 5,000-year period, constructed various styles of earthen mounds for religious and ceremonial, burial, and elite residential purposes (

Its such an exciting topic in that I wrote my Masters Thesis topic on the subject.

An Analysis of the Spatial Distribution of Chiefdom Settlements: Modeling the Mississippian Culture in the Tennessee River Valley

The major issue is its hard to get a solid database of where they all are to study more regional patterns.

GitHub is a data repository that allows for sharing and collaborating.  What could be a better way of getting to understand GitHub than by trying to share some datasets with the world.

Recently I attended the LocationTech Meetup where I found out geoJSON files are on GitHub!  Thanks Ben for a great Presentation


Looks fun and easy!!

So to make the database:

  1. Go to
  2. Since I couldn’t find a already composed list, I turned to the wikipedia entry.   Make a CSV. table
  3. Import the CSV table into
  4. Magic.
  5. Save as a Gist
    1. The one I created can be found here
  6. Thats it!! Fork my repository and add some Mounds!

For more information check out this youtube tutorial on github and geojson

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