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      The term “Mound Builder” is a general term referring to the Native North American peoples who constructed various styles of earthen mounds for burial, residential, and ceremonial purposes.  Mounds were built in a large area from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Mississippi River to the Appalachian Mountains.  The greatest concentrations of mounds are found in the Mississippi and Ohio valleys. 

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