of the Caborn-Welborn culture are difficult to learn from archaeological
evidence, but there are a few clues. Some pottery vessels are decorated
with sun ray designs, suggesting that the sun may have been an important
symbol. Incised designs on pottery jars distinguishes Caborn-Welborn pottery
from other Mississippian pottery. Therefore, the sun symbol may have conveyed
information to other groups of people.
Pipes sometimes have engraved designs that depict a mythical thunderbird’s zig-zag tail (highlighted in green.)
The villagers believed
in keeping the dead near the homes of the living. Some of the dead were
buried next to the houses; others were buried in graves placed in rows
outside the residential zone. Large Caborn-Welborn villages have multiple
cemeteries. Perhaps each kin group had a separate cemetery.