Synopses & Reviews
This is the story of Cahokia, a vast urban center built by indigenous North Americans on the site of modern East St. Louis, told through the lives, personalities, and conflicts of the men and women who excavated and studied it.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-352) and index.
Table of Contents
The making of a Cahokia archaeologist -- The Illinois archaeological survey and the prehistory of Cahokia -- Early investigation into the Great Mounds -- The destruction of the Powell and Murdock Mounds -- The Hopewellian Ceramic Conference and digging the Modoc rock shelter -- Chaos and confusion at Cahokia -- The 1960s highway salvage program begins -- The emerging picture of a complex Cahokia -- The excavation of mound -- Excavations on Monks Mound -- New sequential ceramic phase defined -- The second highway salvage project -- The struggle to build a new Cahokia museum -- The slumping of monks Mound and discovery of the Grand Plaza -- Woodhenges revisited -- The physical landscape of Cahokia -- The spiritual landscape of Cahokia -- Cahokia's engineers and builders -- The outposts of Cahokia -- The abandonment of Cahokia -- Cahokia's place in the pre-conquest world.