By Timothy R. Pauketat
Quite a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois lies the continues to be of the main subtle prehistoric local civilization north of Mexico. Cahokia Mounds explores the historical past in the back of this buried American urban inhabited from approximately A.D. seven-hundred to 1400.
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She is currently on the editorial advisory board of DIG magazine. Brian Fagan is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is internationally known for his books on archaeology, among them The Adventure of Archaeology, The Rape of the Nile, and The Oxford Companion to Archaeology.
Fowler suspected that if the Birdman was the chief of Cahokia, these skeletons Melvin Fowler did not realize that the blanket made with could be his aides or companions who had been sacrificed with about 20,000 shell beads, him. Beside these skeletons were exotic goods: wooden rods covered on which this skeleton lay, with copper imported from the Lake Superior region; shell beads; was in the shape of a bird. bushels of sheet mica from North Carolina; and more than 1,000 showpiece arrowheads chipped out of different stones from as far away as Arkansas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
Archaeologist William Iseminger, a longtime Cahokia investigator, estimated that the trunks of 20,000 trees, each less than a foot in diameter, were used to build the enormous wall, sometimes called a palisade wall because the logs are placed close together to form a defensive enclosure. In addition, platforms for archers projected from the wall every 200 feet. Arrows could have been shot down from these platforms onto anyone who might attempt to scale the wall. By this time, it seems, Cahokians needed to defend themselves.