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Elaborating on the present controversy, Science reports that some researchers have theorized “that a powerful centralized authority lived in the village nearest the canal head gate on the river and peacefully controlled water and economic life along the canal. But in Hohokam settlements east of Phoenix, [archaeologist Glen] Rice found no trace of centralized wealth and authority. Instead, in the architecture atop large earthen mounds at the center of Hohokam communities, he found public council rooms that were in paired and opposing arrangements.

D. , with the Twin Mounds, probably a mortuary complex, in the foreground, then the Grand Plaza, with Monks Mound at the opposite end. ¹¹ No description of Cahokia would be complete, alas, without some reference to evidence of human sacrifice on a large scale. Stuart J. Fiedel’s description of Mound  is as good as any: The skeletons of more than  young women, between the ages of  and , had been neatly placed in a pit in Mound . There was no evidence of violence, but it is nevertheless likely that the women had been strangled.

Another prehistoric Native American group with a town planning tradition is the Hohokam. c. d.  and bloomed during periods called the Sedentary (– or thereabouts) and the Classic (–). The fortunes of the Hohokam were intimately bound up with a vast canal system that carried water over long distances—more than fifteen miles, in several cases—through the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. Irrigation made possible a semiannual harvest, obviously a very productive cycle of agriculture.

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