Thursday, March 10, 2016

University Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Settlement

The University of Illinois excavation crew works at the dig site  while the St. Louis skyline looms in the background.  Image Courtesy of the Illinois State A and The Daily Illini.
The Illinois State Archaeological Survey excavation crew works at the dig site,
while the St. Louis skyline looms in the background.
Image Courtesy of the Illinois State A and The Daily Illini.
February 10, 2016.
Dixi Limbachia, of The Daily Illini, has written a detailed article about the recent archaeological discovery of further sections of the 1,000 year old city of Cahokia in the eastern side of the mounds.

"The Illinois State Archaeological Survey at the University discovered of 1,000-year-old city and uncovered artifacts dating back to an ancient Native American settlement.

The prehistoric city that was excavated is one part of an urbanized area that belonged to the Cahokia civilization. According to Joe Galloy, research coordinator for the American Bottom Field Station, the area encompassed by the Cahokia mounds – stretching from East St. Louis to Collinsville – would have been bigger than London at that time.

The excavation project caught the archaeologists’ attention when reconstruction plans for I-70 began to commence. Original plans involved the highway going through the archaeological site. "

To read the full articleclick here.

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