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By Timothy R. Pauketat

Quite a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois lies the continues to be of the main refined prehistoric local civilization north of Mexico. Cahokia Mounds explores the heritage at the back of this buried American urban inhabited from approximately A.D. seven hundred to 1400.

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Cahokia lay at the heart of a grand chiefdom, a North American city-state whose farmers were just as important as its chiefs and nobles. Image Not Available The Interpretive Center at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site was built so that people can learn about Cahokia’s history and the people who lived there. 41 / interview Nancy Stone Bernard: You mentioned that when you were growing up in the hilly farmlands of southwestern Illinois, you collected arrowheads. Was that the experience that led you to a career in archaeology or was there something else?

Made of local chert, Fowler’s dedicated team excavated Mound 72 for four seasons, flint-like rock, from quarries usually under the hot summer sun in temperatures of 100-plus near St. Louis, they include degrees Fahrenheit. From the findings, Fowler concluded that Mound typical Cahokian triangular forms and foreign Louisiana 72 was enormously complicated. Dating to shortly after 1050 CE, the forms. The the arrowheads. They were uncovered evidence shows a theatrical display of violent killings rolled across plazas by players on opposing teams.

Nearly all of them appear to have been founded at the same time as the Cahokian city at 1050 CE and are presently threatTom Emerson became chief archaeologist for the ened by urban sprawl. University of Illinois’s highA University of Illinois graduate student, Susan Alt, who has way archaeology program studied 250 house remains from five of the sites excavated by the after the retirement of Charles Bareis in the early university since 1995, found that these villages were part of 1990s. He has been a leadCahokia’s master plan.

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