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  • New technique helps solve mystery of ancient figurines (Cahokia)

    07/04/2003 3:24:58 AM PDT · by jimtorr · 23 replies · 576+ views
    EurekAlert! ^ | Public release date: 2-Jul-2003 | Andrea Lynn (possibly)
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Thanks in part to new spectroscopic technology, researchers have solved a great mystery concerning some of North America's oldest pieces of sculpture. With the use of PIMA -- a non-invasive Portable Infrared Mineral Analyzer -- an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has identified the source and meaning of "spectacular late prehistoric" figurines found in several locales in the South and the Southeast -- in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee. According to lead researcher Thomas Emerson, an archaeologist and the director of ITARP (Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program), the figurines were...
  • The Lost City of Cahokia

    01/17/2006 2:01:14 PM PST · by robowombat · 63 replies · 3,979+ views
    Humanities | September/October 2004 | Emmett Berg
    The Lost City of Cahokia Ancient Tribes of the Mississippi Brought to Life By Emmett Berg The city of Cahokia, in modern-day Illinois, had a population of twenty thousand at its pinnacle in the 1300s. With pyramids, mounds, and several large ceremonial areas, Cahokia was the hub of a way of life for millions of Native Americans before the society's decline and devastation by foreign diseases. Representatives from eleven tribes are working alongside archaeologists and anthropologists to assist the Art Institute of Chicago in developing an exhibition that explores artistic and cultural themes of a major branch of pre-Columbian civilization--the...
  • Much Still To Be Learned About Cahokia Mounds

    04/08/2008 7:37:25 AM PDT · by blam · 41 replies · 93+ views
    Examiner ^ | 4-6-2008 | Elizabeth Donald
    Much still to be learned about Cahokia Mounds By ELIZABETH DONALD, AP COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (Map, News) - It's so much a part of the landscape that metro-east residents often don't even notice it, except when a visiting relative notices: "Look, there's the mound." Rising from what once was an endless grass sea parted by the Mississippi River, Monks Mound isn't even named after the Native American Indians who built it centuries ago, but the Trappist monks who lived there for only five years in the 19th century. No one knows what the long-vanished people who built the mounds called themselves,...
  • Human sacrifice! Archaeologist creates stir with new book on Cahokia Mounds

    08/10/2009 2:41:39 PM PDT · by BGHater · 31 replies · 2,532+ views
    BND ^ | 9 Aug 2009 | GEORGE PAWLACZYK
    COLLINSVILLE -- Human sacrifice! Victims buried alive! Read all about it in "Cahokia -- Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi." According to this new book by University of Illinois archaeologist and professor of anthropology Tim Pauketat, the mound builders were not always the idyllic, corn-growing, pottery-making, fishing-hunting gentle villagers depicted in various dioramas at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville. Pauketat said these long-vanished people practiced human sacrifice of women and men on a mass scale and weren't always careful to bury only the dead. Based on years of study of artifacts including many from the extensive...
  • Copper men: Archaeologists uncover Stone Age copper workshop near Monk's Mound

    02/23/2010 6:07:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 515+ views
    News-Democrat ^ | Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 | George Pawlaczyk
    But there is something unique about a particular excavated area beside a rather plain looking mound -- Mound 34 -- that lies about 200 yards east of the world famous and huge Monk's Mound at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. The carefully sifted soil at this excavation has revealed evidence of the only known copper workshop from the Mississippian-era, a culture that peaked about 1250 A.D. throughout the middle and southern portions of America. The overall Illinois state site was the location of a large, prehistoric city of perhaps 20,000 that archaeologists call Cahokia... ...the bits and pieces of the...
  • Cahokia's Woodhenge: a supprising implication [sic]

    11/29/2010 8:19:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies ^ | Friday, November 26th, 2010 | Richard Thornton
    Today we travel to southern Illinois, where just across the Mississippi River is located the Cahokia Archaeological Zone. Cahokia was the largest known Native American city north of Mexico. At its peak population around 1250 AD, it was larger that London, England. Of course, Cahokia was not its real name. No one knows its real name. Unlike the ancient towns in the Southeast, where direct descendants of the original occupants still live, no one even knows yet what happened to the population of Cahokia, after it was abandoned. There was an indigenous village in the vicinity of Cahokia as early...
  • America's Forgotten City

    12/30/2010 2:07:10 AM PST · by BlueMoose · 16 replies · 31+ views
    National Geographic ^ | Jan 2011 | National Geographic
    If they ever build a Wal-Mart at Machu Picchu, I will think of Collinsville Road.
  • A Stone Pyramid At Cahokia, Illinois

    02/22/2002 4:38:42 PM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 1,474+ views
    A Stone Pyramid At Cahokia, Illinois? St. Louis Post-Dispatch Archaeologists have made an astonishing discovery at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site: what appears to be a large stone structure beneath the site's biggest earthen mound. The site was discovered accidentally Jan. 24 during drilling to construct a water-drainage system within Monks Mound, the largest Indian mound north of Mexico and the largest prehistoric earthen construction in the New World. "This is astounding," said William Woods, an archaeologist with Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, who is leading the investigation of the mystery structure. "It's so unexpected that it would never ...
  • Ancient Illinois Village Unearths Lode Of Questions

    09/02/2002 4:23:13 PM PDT · by blam · 66 replies · 1,829+ views
    University Of Illinois ^ | 9-02-2002 | Andrea Lynn
    Contact: Andrea Lynn 217-333 -2177 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ancient Illinois village unearths lode of questions CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Digging under a blazing sun in an Illinois cornfield, archaeologists this summer unearthed a fascinating anomaly: a 900-year-old square hilltop village. The discovery near Shiloh -- about 15 miles southeast of St. Louis -- challenges previous notions of the area's first people and adds a piece to the puzzle that was Cahokia, a huge "mother culture" that suddenly appeared, and just as suddenly vanished, leaving only traces of its majesty and meaning in the 11th century. Until now, archaeologists...
  • Swansea woman donates birdman tablet to Mounds[Illinois]

    04/07/2007 8:00:18 AM PDT · by Dacb · 29 replies · 2,574+ views
    News-Democrat ^ | 03 April 2007 | TERI MADDOX
    Archaeologists aren't sure why Mississippian Indians engraved small sandstone tablets with birdman images and crosshatching 1,000 years ago. Maybe the tablets were used as visual aids for spiritual storytelling. Maybe they were dipped in dye and stamped on deerskin to create patterns. "Maybe (a tablet) was displayed when you were traveling from one place to another," said Bill Iseminger, assistant site manager at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville. "It was a passport to show your rank or status or authority." Whatever their purpose, the tablets are considered archaeologically significant because they provide rare pictures from an ancient culture....
  • Birdman Tablet Discovered during Excavations at the East Lobe of Monks Mound [1971]

    03/16/2006 9:46:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 566+ views
    Cahokia Mounds Museum Society ^ | subsequent to 1971
    This is the only such artifact found in an excavation by professional archaeologists, but a half dozen or more similar sized sandstone tablets have been discovered near Cahokia. Several were known to have near identical cross-hatching on one side, but were plain on the other. A couple of these have been found in the northern portions of Cahokia and around Horseshoe Lake.
  • Science explains ancient copper artifacts

    06/13/2011 12:42:39 PM PDT · by decimon · 47 replies
    Northwestern University ^ | June 13, 2011 | Unknown
    Researchers reveal how prehistoric Native Americans of Cahokia made copper artifactsEVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University researchers ditched many of their high-tech tools and turned to large stones, fire and some old-fashioned elbow grease to recreate techniques used by Native American coppersmiths who lived more than 600 years ago. This prehistoric approach to metalworking was part of a metallurgical analysis of copper artifacts left behind by the Mississippians of the Cahokia Mounds, who lived in southeastern Illinois from 700 until 1400 A.D. The study was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science in May. The researchers were able to identify how...
  • Researchers find evidence of ritual use of ‘black drink’ at Cahokia

    08/08/2012 5:53:39 AM PDT · by Renfield · 45 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | 8-7-2012
    People living 700 to 900 years ago in Cahokia, a massive settlement near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, ritually used a caffeinated brew made from the leaves of a holly tree that grew hundreds of miles away, researchers report. The discovery – made by analyzing plant residues in pottery beakers from Cahokia and its surroundings – is the earliest known use of this “black drink” in North America. It pushes back the date by at least 500 years, and adds to the evidence that a broad cultural and trade network thrived in the Midwest and southeastern U.S....
  • Epic Fire Marked ‘Beginning of the End’ for Ancient Culture of Cahokia, New Digs Suggest

    03/01/2014 3:33:14 AM PST · by Renfield · 27 replies
    Western Digs ^ | 9-16-2013 | Blake de Pastino
    Excavations in the Midwest have turned up evidence of a massive ancient fire that likely marked “the beginning of the end” for what was once America’s largest city, archaeologists say.The digs took place in southern Illinois, just meters away from the interstate highways that carve their way through and around modern-day St. Louis. But 900 years ago, this was the heart of Greater Cahokia, a civilization whose trade routes and religious influence stretched from the Great Lakes to the Deep South, and whose culture shaped the lifeways of the Plains and Southern Indians.An artist’s rendering depicts Cahokia’s city center...
  • Infamous Mass Grave of Young Women in Ancient City of Cahokia Also Holds Men: Study

    03/01/2014 3:51:42 AM PST · by Renfield · 23 replies
    Western Digs ^ | 8-5-2013 | Blake de Pastino
    <p>The victims all appeared to be women, mostly in their late teens or early 20s. Evidence suggested they were strangled, or perhaps cut at the throat, at the edge of their shared mass grave, and then interred, meters away from an ornate burial of two men thought to be clan elders, political leaders, spiritual guides, or all three.</p>
  • Infamous Mass Grave of Young Women in Ancient City of Cahokia Also Holds Men: Study

    03/02/2014 9:13:24 AM PST · by ckilmer · 110 replies
    westerndigs ^ | Aug 05,2013 | Blake de Pastino
    <p>The scene, discovered by archaeologists in Illinois more than 40 years ago, depicts one of the most extravagant acts of violence ever documented in ancient America: A thousand-year-old pit found under a tall earthen mound, lined from corner to corner with skeletons — 53 in all — neatly arranged two bodies deep, each layer separated by woven fiber mats.</p>
  • Did a Mega-Flood Doom Ancient American City of Cahokia?

    03/09/2014 4:33:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    National Geographic ^ | October 31, 2013 | Glenn Hodges
    One thousand years ago, on a floodplain of the Mississippi River near modern-day St. Louis, the massive Native American city known today as Cahokia sprang suddenly into existence. Three hundred years later it was virtually deserted... While analyzing cores from Horseshoe Lake, an oxbow lake that separated from the Mississippi River some 1,700 years ago, Munoz's team discovered a layer of silty clay 19 centimeters (7.5 inches) thick deposited by a massive ancient flood. It's unlikely that the ancient floodwaters were high enough to inundate the ten-story mound at Cahokia's center, a structure now called Monk's Mound... But a flood...
  • The First US City Was Full of Immigrants

    03/09/2014 4:20:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    LiveScience ^ | March 06, 2014 | Megan Gannon, News Editor
    A sprawling city in the heartland of the United States was a cultural melting pot hundreds of years before Europeans ever set foot in North America. A study of dozens of teeth found at Cahokia, an ancient metropolis near modern-day St. Louis, shows that immigrants moved to the city from across the Midwest and perhaps as far away as the Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions. Cahokia rose to prominence around A.D. 1050, when it underwent what some archaeologists call a cultural Big Bang. "All of a sudden, there's a giant rise in the size of the site," said study...
  • America's Largest Earthwork, Cahokia's Monks Mound, May Have Been Built in Only 20 Years, Study Says

    09/27/2015 12:35:21 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Western Digs ^ | September 17, 2015 | Blake de Pastino
    It was ten stories tall, and wider at the base than the Empire State Building. And nearly a thousand years ago, it was the centerpiece of the continent's largest city north of Mexico. Today, the search to determine how native engineers built Monk's Mound -- North America's biggest prehistoric earthen structure -- has turned up some new and crucial, but very small, clues: the seeds and spores of ancient plants. An aerial view of Monks Mound, the largest prehistoric earthwork in North America. Researchers studying the giant platform mound at the heart of the settlement of Cahokia have studied its...