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 historical past in the back of this buried American urban inhabited from approximately A.D. seven-hundred to 1400.

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47 Index Pictures and captions are indicated by page numbers in bold. Agriculture. , 32–34 Beaded Birdman Burial, 30–31 Bernard, Nancy Stone, 41–43 Birdman tablet, 32 Borrow-pit lakes, 13, 32 Brackenridge, Henry, 6, 15 Burial goods, 11, 28, 30–31 Burials, 10, 27–31 Cahokia complex, 6–7, 12–16, 21–22, 26. Cahokia Mounds Association, 17–18 Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center, 37–38, 40 Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 40 Ceremonial areas, 20, 27 Chunkey stones, 28, 30–31, 40 Clark, William, 14–15 Cole, Bell, 22 Conical mounds, 10 Corn, 7, 12, 31 Crops, 7, 10, 12, 31–34 Earthworks, 10–11.

She kept a running count, and by the end of the day, with the sun setting, we had pulled out 70 of them, including the biggest one ever found in place, at 25 pounds. As it turns out, these seem to have been a special ritual deposit buried in front of a big temple building at the edge of the village. NSB: What is your advice to a young person who wants to make archaeology a career? TP: Do it. It takes a love of the past along with a burning desire to actually do archaeology. Doing it isn’t always easy, but if you love it enough, doing archaeology is the most fun you’ll ever have.

Beside these skeletons were exotic goods: wooden rods covered on which this skeleton lay, with copper imported from the Lake Superior region; shell beads; was in the shape of a bird. bushels of sheet mica from North Carolina; and more than 1,000 showpiece arrowheads chipped out of different stones from as far away as Arkansas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Several hundred of these had tipped, long-decayed arrows and appeared to be bundled together for burial with these high-status people. The most impressive of these burial goods were 15 beautifully polished stone disks, called “chunkey stones,” measuring four to five inches in diameter.

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