Cahokia by Timothy R. Pauketat
Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi (Penguin Library of American Indian History)

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The fascinating story of a lost city and an unprecedented American civilization

While Mayan and Aztec civilizations are widely known and documented, relatively few people are familiar with the largest prehistoric Native American city north of Mexico-a site that expert Timothy Pauketat brings vividly to life in this groundbreaking book. Almost a thousand years ago, a city flourished along the Mississippi River near what is now St. Louis. Built around a sprawling central plaza and known as Cahokia, the site has drawn the attention of generations of archaeologists, whose work produced evidence of complex celestial timepieces, feasts big enough to feed thousands, and disturbing signs of human sacrifice. Drawing on these fascinating finds, Cahokia presents a lively and astonishing narrative of prehistoric America.


 

About Timothy R. Pauketat

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Timothy R. Pauketat is professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana– Champaign. His books include Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions and Ancient Cahokia and the Mississippians.
 
Published July 1, 2009 by Penguin Books. 208 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Pauketat describes the enormous cultural significance of the game of chunkey (spears thrown at rolling stone balls), then zeroes in on some key earthen mounds and the bounties they’ve yielded—especially Mound 72, where multiple human burials were unearthed, including some personages so prominent ...

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Author and anthropologist Pauketat (Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions) locates a civilizational ""big bang"" in the Mississippi River valley of 1050 CE, where ""social life, political organization, religious belief, art, and culture were radically transformed"" by a highly ambitious gr...

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Today the heart of the city is preserved as the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, and the modern houses have been razed.

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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 arch...

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