posted on Jan, 12 2014 @ 11:37 PM
I found this as a result of your current Olmec thread and was astounded! Your theory bears a great resemblance to one I've postulated for years.
I spent 20+ years running field schools on a small, Mississippian village site at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi. It was a college field
school run on a tourist site so we did public education as well as the college credit. During those 20 years of observation of the tourists and the
students, I formed my own theories about how the mounds got built.
Ask most Southeastern archaeologists why the mounds were constructed and you'll get an answer something along the lines of: To elevate important
public or private structures. Mine's different and it is similar to yours in that it involves sports and their part in the culture.
My theory is that the mounds got built as seating for the ballgames. They got built by fans who were more than willing to go out and dig dirt, pack
it into a basket and take it and dump it into a pile. So long as at the end of the day, week, year, they got to see some good ballgames and chow down
on some good food.
I liked to try out my theory on tourists who were wearing logos of sports teams, asking them how many days a year they would work to have a good seat
to see their favorite teams play.
So are the heads depicted by the Olmec actual depictions---like a hall of fame? or are they the mascots---like the University of Kentucky Wildcat or
the University of Florida Gator?
Look around at our giant statuary today---will future generations classify some of us as the "Mouse Cult" because we've raised monumental statuary
to Micky and Minnie?