Was the ancient Native American metropolis of Cahokia built or inspired by the Toltec empire of Central Mexico? That’s the argument of scholar Alice B. Kehoe in her article, “Cahokia,America’s Great City.” She makes very compelling arguments noting that even the style of cosmetic dentistry (i.e., filed teeth) found in Cahokia burials was identical to […]
In 2004 I argued that the site of Etowah Mounds in Cartersville, Georgia was inhabited by elites from Cahokia, a Native American metropolis near St. Louis, Missouri. I made this argument based on the fact that the Etowah site received a large influx of people around 1250 AD at the same time that the Cahokia […]
Over the past year there has been much debate about the possible presence of Maya in America, specifically in Georgia. Certain academics were quite vocal in their opposition to this idea stating emphatically that there was “no evidence” of a Maya presence in Georgia. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this article from […]
A large suburb of the Native American metropolis of Cahokia has been unearthed in a road construction project in East St. Louis, Missouri. Details from the article: According to Cahokia Mounds’ website, the city acted as a base for all Mississippians and reached its peak population between 1050 and 1150. It was a huge mecca […]
Archaeologists have unearthed unique drinking vessels in the ancient Native American metropolis of Cahokia that are proven to have once been used as drinking vessels for the Black Drink. The Black Drink was a highly-caffeinated Native American tea made from the leaves of the Yaupon holly plant that grows in coastal regions of the Southeast. The scientists were able to test residue remaining in the cups and determined their use.
EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern University researchers ditched many of their high-tech tools and turned to large stones, fire and some old-fashioned elbow grease to recreate techniques used by Native American coppersmiths who lived more than 600 years ago. This prehistoric approach to metalworking was part of a metallurgical analysis of copper artifacts left behind by […]
Nearly 1,000 years ago, the ancient city of Cahokia flourished only 20 minutes away from modern St. Louis in the floodplains of the Mississippi River. Today, the discovery of a copper workshop by a team of researchers led by John Kelly, Washington University archeology professor, and James Brown of Northwestern University will provide insight into the lives of the mysterious Cahokians.
Traditional anthropologists have argued, based on no evidence other than their own beliefs, that the giant Native American metropolis of Cahokia was the result of ‘in situ’ development; i.e., local tribes simply became so populous that they merged to form this metropolis. Yet when archaeologists actually do real science and test the bones they find […]