Friday, January 28, 2011

America's Forgotten City

Thanks to the Professor for this tip - a National Geographic article about Cahokia, "America's Forgotten City."

article
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/01/cahokia/hodges-text/1

awesome photos
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/01/cahokia/burmeister-photography



Four centuries before Columbus, Cahokia (near present-day Saint Louis) was the metropolis of North America. The circumstances of its sudden fall remain a mystery.

Cahokia had an influence, direct or indirect, on the society inhabiting the southern Appalachians at that time. The surviving evidence point to Cahokia's connections to trade and technology exchange here in the Southeast.

One writer on Cahokia discussed its role in "chungke," a high-stakes sport played throughout much of North America (and, eventually, I'll be posting a story on the subject).

At 4000 acres, Cahokia Mounds is the largest archaeological site in the United States.

Cahokia may have been the origin for the Mississippian culture that emerged around 1000 AD and peaked around the 13th century.

One Cahokia mound, Monk's Mound, is ten stories tall and larger at its base than the Great Pyramid of Egpyt.

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See also: From Caney Fork to Cahokia, http://gulahiyi.blogspot.com/2009/10/from-caney-fork-to-cahokia.html

1 comment:

Susan Anspacher said...

The interior of the Cahokian homes reminds me of the ones I saw in L'Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland, though theirs were built in mounds.

In thinking of all the ways we de-mound, I am reminded of this speech delivered 19 years ago by a 13-14 year old in the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO). Did we even hear her? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQmz6Rbpnu0&feature=related