Cahokia

Cahokia

Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi

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Penguin Putnam
The fascinating story of a lost city and an unprecedented civilization

Almost a thousand years ago, a Native American city flourished along the Mississippi River near what is now St. Louis. Cahokia was a thriving metropolis at its height with a population of twenty thousand, a sprawling central plaza, and scores of spectacular earthen mounds. The city gave rise to a new culture that spread across the plains; yet by 1400 it had been abandoned, leaving only the giant mounds as monuments and traces of its influence in tribes we know today.

In Cahokia, anthropologist Timothy R. Pauketat reveals the story of the city and its people as uncovered by the dramatic digs of American corn-belt archaeologists. These excavations have revealed evidence of a powerful society, including complex celestial timepieces, the remains of feasts big enough to feed thousands, and disturbing signs of large-scale human sacrifice.

Drawing on these pioneering digs and a wealth of analysis by historians and archaeologists, Pauketat provides a comprehensive picture of what's been discovered about Cahokia and how these findings have challenged our perceptions of Native Americans. Cahokia is a lively read and a compelling narrative of prehistoric America.



Baker & Taylor
An anthropologist examines a Native American city that flourished along the Mississippi River near present-day St. Louis almost a thousand years ago, describing evidence of a once powerful society that had been abandoned by 1400.

Blackwell North Amer
Almost a thousand years ago, a Native American city flourished on the banks of the Mississippi River near what is now St Louis. Cahokia was a thriving metropolis at its height, with a population of twenty thousand centered around a sprawling plaza and scores of spectacular earthen mounds. The city gave rise to a new culture that spread across the plains; yet by 1400 it had been abandoned, leaving only the giant mounds as monuments and traces of its influence in tribes we know today.
In Cahokia, anthropologist Timothy R. Pauketat reveals the story of the city and its people as uncovered by the dramatic digs of American corn-belt archaeologists. These excavations have revealed evidence of a powerful society, including complex celestial timepieces, the remains of feasts big enough to feed thousands, and disturbing signs of large-scale human sacrifice.
Drawing on these pioneering digs and a wealth of analysis by historians and archaeologists, Pauketat provides a comprehensive picture of what has been discovered about Cahokia and how these findings have challenged our perceptions of Native Americans.

Baker
& Taylor

An anthropologist examines a Native American city that flourished along the Mississippi River near present-day St. Louis almost a thousand years ago, describing evidence of a once-powerful society that had been abandoned by 1400.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009
ISBN: 9780670020904
Branch Call Number: 977.386 PAUKE

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JackPurcell
Mar 15, 2015

A slice of North American history long ignored by scholars, looted by artifact hunters, exploited by speculators and conjectures of every description.

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