Cahokia Mounds (Digging for the Past) by Timothy R. Pauketat

By Timothy R. Pauketat

Quite a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois lies the continues to be of the main refined prehistoric local civilization north of Mexico. Cahokia Mounds explores the background at the back of this buried American urban inhabited from approximately A.D. seven-hundred to 1400.

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Archaeologists also investigated Monks Mound and found that that there had been a large building on top of this enormous, cahokia mounds / 32 carefully layered pyramid. Below the summit, on its east side, another excavation crew hit what seemed to be a rock. But to their surprise, it was a four-inch by three-inch sandstone tablet sticking out of the dirt. There was cross-hatching on one side and an engraving of a falcon dancer on the other. The masked figure had a diamond eye, a hooked nose, and an oval ornament on his chest.

A black clay mixture, resistant to erosion, covered this mound. Kenneth Williams, a student who had been volunteering on archaeology projects since he was 14 years old, started cutting a trench into the black mound. He smashed his mattock (a tool with a two-foot handle and a sharp blade) about a foot into the mound. Black clay flew up. He looked down When archaeologist Melvin Fowler first visited Cahokia and there in the cut were three perfect arrowheads. Williams had in 1961, he stopped almost shattered them.

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