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Title: Ancient Cahokia and the Mississippians
Author: Pauketat, Timothy R
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2004
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521520669
Volumes: 1; Pages: 234
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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 A.D., 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.Contents1. Civilization in North America2. Geography, resources, and the Mississippian ethnoscape3. Villages along the Mississippi4. Early Cahokia5. Greater Cahokia6. Mississippianization7. The struggle for identity8. Conclusion.