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The Cahokia Chiefdom: The Archaeology of a Mississippian Society

  title={The Cahokia Chiefdom: The Archaeology of a Mississippian Society},
  author={George R. Milner},
A 1600-year record of human impacts on a floodplain lake in the Mississippi River Valley
In North America, land use practices of the last two centuries have strongly influenced aquatic communities and freshwater quality, but the impacts of prehistoric land use on freshwater resources
Cahokia’s emergence and decline coincided with shifts of flood frequency on the Mississippi River
Data show that Cahokia emerged during a period of reduced megaflood frequency associated with heightened aridity across midcontinental North America, and that its decline and abandonment followed the return of large floods, concluding that shifts in flood frequency and magnitude facilitated both the formation and the breakdown of Cahokia.
An archaeological model of the construction of Monks Mound and implications for the development of the Cahokian Society (800--1400 A.D.)
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Segmented and ascendant chiefdom polity as viewed from the Divers site
This study contributes to our understanding of the nature of political control exerted by the Mississippian Cahokia polity over small rural villages in the southern American Bottom. Currently two
Feature Structuring Cahokia : Ideology and Polity in Ancient North America
The days are long gone when archaeologists would automatically interpret any major prehistoric monument as evidence of a hierarchically organized society. Faced with a Stonehenge or a Silbury Hill,
Practice and history in archaeology
A new paradigm is emerging in archaeology herein dubbed ‘historical processualism’. A review of three contemporary approaches to the study of the past – neo-Darwinism, cognitive-processualism, and
Shell bead crafting at Greater Cahokia
  • Laura Kozuch
  • Environmental Science
    North American Archaeologist
  • 2021
Shell beads were important to Mississippians, and thousands of beads were found mostly associated with burials. Here I synthesize data on shell bead workshops from Greater Cahokia, along with
Cahokia: Urbanization, Metabolism, and Collapse
Cahokia in the 12th century A.D. was the largest metropolitan area and the most complex political system in North America north of Mexico. Its metabolism depended on an area of high natural and
Fecal stanols show simultaneous flooding and seasonal precipitation change correlate with Cahokia’s population decline
Climate change during the Medieval Climatic Anomaly to Little Ice Age transition is implicate as an important component of population and sociopolitical transformations at Cahokia, and demonstrates how climate transitions can simultaneously influence multiple environmental processes to produce significant challenges to society.
The environmental impact of a pre-Columbian city based on geochemical insights from lake sediment cores recovered near Cahokia
Abstract Cahokia is the largest documented urban settlement in the pre-Columbian United States. Archaeological evidence suggests that the city, located near what is now East St. Louis, Illinois,