thousand years ago, a Native American city flourished along the Mississippi
River near what is now St. Louis. Cahokia was a thriving metropolis at its
height with a population of twenty thousand, a sprawling central plaza, and
scores of spectacular earthen mounds. The city gave rise to a new culture that
spread across the plains; yet by 1400 it had been abandoned, leaving only the
giant mounds as monuments and traces of its influence in tribes we know today.
anthropologist Timothy R. Pauketat reveals the story of the city and its people
as uncovered by the dramatic digs of American corn-belt archaeologists. These
excavations have revealed evidence of a powerful society, including complex
celestial timepieces, the remains of feasts big enough to feed thousands, and
disturbing signs of large-scale human sacrifice.
these pioneering digs and a wealth of analysis by historians and
archaeologists, Pauketat provides a comprehensive picture of what’s been
discovered about Cahokia and how these findings have challenged our perceptions
of Native Americans. Cahokia is a lively read and a compelling narrative
of prehistoric America. Download and start listening now!