Monday, January 26, 2015

Remains of Bustling City Found Near New Bridge

In 2011, Patrick Durst points to some of the unique features in the excavation site.  Image Courtesy of Derik Holtmann and BND.com.
In 2011, Patrick Durst points to some of the unique features in the excavation site.
Image Courtesy of Derik Holtmann and BND.com.
January 10, 2015.
Mary Cooley, of BND.com, has written an exciting article about detailed analysis into Cahokia's population. Cahokia is a Mississippian city which flourished around AD 1000 and is considered one of the first big cities in North America.

"Pottery fragments tell archaeologists that the material came from Southern Missouri or Northern Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. They can even tell if the clay used came from Madison or Monroe counties.

The scientists look at how many recovered pottery pots were made in the local style. Materials and style show that immigrants brought some of their own pots when they arrived, but as broken pottery was replaced they “got with the program” [Brad] Koldehoff said, adopting the local style."

Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/01/10/3590840_first-big-city-may-well-have-been.html?rh=1#storylink=cp"


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