Edited by Timothy R. Pauketat and Thomas E. Edison
“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
“…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
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.