Thursday, October 16, 2014

Archaeology Students Discover Prehistoric Sweat Lodge at Cahokia Mounds

Archaeological discovery at  Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Image Courtesy of Saint Louis University.
Archaeological discovery at
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
Image Courtesy of Saint Louis University
September 20, 2014.
Saint Louis University's archaeology students have made a "significant contribution to the understanding of American Indian prehistory with the discovery of three additional partial house basins and the entire basin of a burned sweat lodge" in the 2014 Archaeological Field School at the Fingerhut Tract of Cahokia Mounds.

"Generally, a sweat lodge is a domed hut made of natural materials. They were -- and continue to be -- used by American Indians as steam baths for physical cleansing as well as for ritual purification.
The sweat lodge discovered this summer is three meters in diameter and superimposes the corner of a large rectangular structure. Within the basin of the sweat lodge several large deposits of charcoal suitable for radiocarbon dating were found."

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