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Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi

Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi

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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, Cahokia presents a lively and astonishing narrative of prehistoric America.

Author: Timothy R. Pauketat
Publisher: Penguin Books
Published: 07/27/2010
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.35lbs
Size: 7.46h x 5.04w x 0.59d
ISBN: 9780143117476
Age Range: 18-UP

Review Citation(s):
New York Times Book Review 08/29/2010 pg. 24

About the Author
Timothy R. Pauketat is an American archaeologist and professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. After earning a BS in anthropology and earth sciences from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, he worked as a staff archaeologist at the Center for American Archaeology. Pauketat is best known for his research on Cahokia, the center of the large, regional Mississippian culture that extended throughout the Mississippi Valley and tributaries.

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