Based on the analysis of excavated animal remains and burnt plant seeds, archaeologists have learned that the people living at sites like Chucalissa ate things like deer, turtle, fish, corn/maize (pictured here), beans, and squash. Most of the evidence we have for food preparation is indirect. For example, archaeologists often discover hearths when excavating ancient house sites, and carefully indicate these features on their site plan. Hearths are typically indicated by a concentrated presence of burned plant and animal remains, as well as bits of burned pottery, charcoal, and fire cracked rock.
Museum, Chucalissa, "Burnt Maize" (2022). Artifacts. 26.
Food; Maize; Burnt Foods; Evidence of Food; Missippian