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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (246 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy R. Pauketat Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Penguin Library of American Indian History Release Date: April 1997 ISBN: 9781449805289
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Almost a 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.

In Cahokia, 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.

Drawing on 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pauketat’s academic approach responsibly invites opposing viewpoints, and his writing is rich in you-are-there detail, making this an archeological adventure suitable for pre-Columbian enthusiasts as well as inquisitive laymen.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is an interesting and informative explanation of a fascinating but still puzzling civilization.” 

    Booklist

  • “A happy marriage of professional scholarship and childlike enthusiasm.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting history of a people/civilization of which I was previously unaware. But the book fails to present a clear picture to me of these people and seems to be full of maybees and possibilities, rather than specific answers. Perhaps this is because there is little definitive knowledge. This book had some interest, but I'd only recommend it to someone who was very interested in this subject, not the casual reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan | 2/7/2014

    " This book certainly gets the interest level up for a guy who has mostly been interested in the prehistoric American Southwest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/20/2014

    " I've been a nerd for Cahokia since I was a kid... and, at age 30, I still enjoy visiting there whenever I get back to the St. Louis area. This book was very well-written, even if you are someone that doesn't have a background of art history or archaeology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 63alfred | 1/14/2014

    " Nice history or North American indians that most of use don't know. Book is somewhat repetitive though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert W. | 1/12/2014

    " This fine book by an anthropologist provides an important counter-balance to the traditional story of European encounters with Native peoples in the Americas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Callister | 12/29/2013

    " Pretty good read on the mound civilization just east of St. Louis. I was surprised at how much human sacrifice played a role in that culture. When you visit Cahokia that fact is almost entirely ommited from the narratives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη | 7/26/2013

    " Mind-blowing, especially to a Greek person, who's definatelly unaware of Native Americans not living in teepees. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meri | 7/21/2012

    " Fascinating subject, poorly executed. I had to plow through pages of backstories about archaeological digs and examples from other societies before I got to read about specific features of Cahokia and its inhabitants. I didn't finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 valpal | 7/15/2012

    " Fascinating book about the discovery and archeology of the Cahokia sites. I didn't know much about this preColumbian site and found it quite interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 12/6/2011

    " Excellent review of ancient Illinois "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erica | 5/23/2011

    " Unreadable. I gave up. Sad because the topic really appeals "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Milazzo | 4/24/2011

    " Excellent single-volume survey of the history of our still-imperfect understanding of Mississippian Culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 3/28/2011

    " Excellent single-volume survey of the history of our still-imperfect understanding of Mississippian Culture. "

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About the Author

Timothy R. Pauketat is an “American Bottom” Mississippian-era archaeologist and professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is best known for his investigations at and involving the World Heritage site of Cahokia Mounds near St. Louis, MO.

About the Narrator

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.