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Ancient Cahokia and the Mississippians
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  • 49 b/w illus. 13 maps
  • Page extent: 236 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.34 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 977.3/89
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: E99.M6815 P37 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Park (Ill.)
    • Mississippian culture--Illinois--American Bottom
    • Indians of North America--Illinois--American Bottom--Antiquities
    • Excavations (Archaeology)--Illinois--American Bottom
    • American Bottom (Ill.)--Antiquities

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521520669 | ISBN-10: 0521520665)

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, formerly known as the 'mound' builders. As Cahokian ideas and objects were widely sought, a cultural and religious ripple effect spread across the mid-continent and into the South. In its wake, population migrations and social upheavals transformed social life along the ancient Mississippi River. In this important new survey, Timothy Pauketat outlines the development of Mississippian civilization, presenting a wealth of archaeological evidence and advancing our understanding of the American Indians whose influence extended into the founding moments of the United States and lives on today in American archaeology.

• An accessible synthesis of the incredibly rich archaeological record of this region • Presents a new theoretical framework combining agency, history and political economy • Will also be of interest to any archaeologist with an interest in the development of complex societies


1. Civilization in North America; 2. Geography, resources, and the Mississippian ethnoscape; 3. Villages along the Mississippi; 4. Early Cahokia; 5. Greater Cahokia; 6. Mississippianization; 7. The struggle for identity; 8. Conclusion.


'… welcome and will prove valuable and stimulating to students.' Antiquity

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