Cahokia : Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2010-07-27
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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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, Cahokiapresents a lively and astonishing narrative of prehistoric America.

Author Biography

Timothy R. Pauketat is a professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His books include Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions and Ancient Cahokia and the Mississippians. He lives in Illinois.

Table of Contents

The Mother of Native North Americap. 1
Supernovap. 11
Walking into Cahokiap. 25
The Original Rolling Stonesp. 36
Ghosts of Archaeologistsp. 51
Discovery at Mound 72p. 69
Twin Heroesp. 85
American Indian Royaltyp. 99
Digging for the Goddessp. 119
Wrestling with the Godsp. 136
Treasure Maps of the Pastp. 151
High Plains Driftingp. 161
Acknowledgmentsp. 171
Notesp. 175
Indexp. 187
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