Cahokia: Domination and Ideology in the Mississippian World

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About one thousand years ago, Native Americans built hundreds of earthen platform mounds, plazas, residential areas, and other types of monuments in the vicinity of present-day St. Louis. This sprawling complex, known to archaeologists as Cahokia, was the dominant cultural, ceremonial, and trade center north of Mexico for centuries. This stimulating collection of essays casts new light on the remarkable accomplishments of Cahokia.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Southern History
"The book consists of thirteen essays that together constitute a complex and superbly crafted social history of Cahokia. . . . The contributors have written provocative and, for the most part, accessible essays that are both refreshing in their propositions and important in their conclusions."—Journal of Southern History
American Anthropologist
"This is an excellent volume. It is well organized and edited, and the individual contributions provide lots of data and provocative ideas. The book will serve as an important springboard for future research on Cahokian social history."—American Anthropologist
Historical Geography

"This informative book about Cahokia is also a rich source for theories and techniques applicable to archaeological and historical records elsewhere."—William Gustav Gartner, Historical Geography

— William Gustav Gartner

Historical Geography - William Gustav Gartner
"This informative book about Cahokia is also a rich source for theories and techniques applicable to archaeological and historical records elsewhere."—William Gustav Gartner, Historical Geography
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803287655
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,063,951
  • Product dimensions: 0.84 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy R. Pauketat, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is the author of The Ascent of Chiefs: Cahokia and Mississippian Politics in Native North America.
Thomas E. Emerson is director of the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program and an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is coeditor of Late Woodland Societies: Tradition and Transformation across the Midcontinent.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations & Tables
Ch. 1 Introduction: Domination and Ideology in the Mississippian World 1
Ch. 2 Cahokian Political Economy 30
Ch. 3 Cahokian Food Production Reconsidered 52
Ch. 4 Patterns of Faunal Exploitation of Cahokia 69
Ch. 5 The Construction of Mississippian Cahokia 89
Ch. 6 Cahokian Population Dynamics 103
Ch. 7 Cahokia Settlement and Social Structures as Viewed from the ICT-II 124
Ch. 8 Stirling-Phase Sociopolitical Activity at East St. Louis and Cahokia 141
Ch. 9 Reflections from the Countryside on Cahokian Hegemony 167
Ch. 10 Cahokian Elite Ideology and the Mississippian Cosmos 190
Ch. 11 Some Developmental Parallels between Cahokia and Moundville 229
Ch. 12 The Role of Cahokia in the Evolution of Southeastern Mississippian Society 248
Ch. 13 Conclusion: Cahokia and the Four Winds 269
Notes 279
References 291
Contributors 347
Index 351
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