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Ancient Cahokia and the Mississippians

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The ancient capital of Cahokia and a series of lesser population centers developed in the Mississippi valley in North America between the eighth and fifteenth centuries AD, leaving behind an extraordinarily rich archaeological record. Cahokia's gigantic pyramids, finely crafted artifacts, and dense population mark it as the founding city of the Mississippian civilization, ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published June 17th 2004 by Cambridge University Press (first published 2004)
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Rossdavidh
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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There was, not far from where I grew up in southern Illinois, but about 900 years prior, a civilization based in Cahokia, Illinois. I use the term "civilization" advisedly, in the original sense of "living in cities", because Cahokia was for its time a quite large settlement. There were also sizeable settlements that appear to have been part of the same culture, nearby at St. Louis and East St. Louis.

As a grade school student, or even a high school student, in southern Illinois, I heard basicall
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Brian
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pauketat offers an interpretation of the archaeological evidence for the formation and ultimate dissolution of the c. 11th to 15th-century Mississippian society, and its cultural and political core at metropolitan Cahokia. Recommended for anyone with an interest in prehistoric archaeology and/or pre-Columbian North America, though at least a basic familiarity with cultural-anthropological principles would likely make for a more rewarding read.
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Excellent livre sur les Mississippiens.
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Tim Pauketat is an archaeologist and professor of Anthropology and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He previously taught at the State University of New York in Buffalo and the University of Oklahoma. Professor Pauketat is interested in the study of ancient religion and urbanism, and has been excavating the pre-Columbian colonies and pilgrimage sites of the Cahoki ...more
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