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  • Title: Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi
  • Author: Timothy R. Pauketat
  • ISBN: 9780143117476
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • The fascinating story of a lost city and an unprecedented American civilization While Mayan and Aztec civilizations are widely known and documented, relatively few people are familiar with the largest prehistoric Native American city north of Mexico a site that expert Timothy Pauketat brings vividly to life in this groundbreaking book Almost a thousand years ago, a cit The fascinating story of a lost city and an unprecedented American civilization While Mayan and Aztec civilizations are widely known and documented, relatively few people are familiar with the largest prehistoric Native American city north of Mexico a site that expert Timothy Pauketat brings vividly to life in this groundbreaking book Almost a thousand years ago, a city flourished along the Mississippi River near what is now St Louis Built around a sprawling central plaza and known as Cahokia, the site has drawn the attention of generations of archaeologists, whose work produced evidence of complex celestial timepieces, feasts big enough to feed thousands, and disturbing signs of human sacrifice Drawing on these fascinating finds, Cahokia presents a lively and astonishing narrative of prehistoric America.
    Cahokia Ancient America s Great City on the Mississippi The fascinating story of a lost city and an unprecedented American civilization While Mayan and Aztec civilizations are widely known and documented relatively few people are familiar with the largest

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    1. Rating 3.5 of fiveThe Publisher Says Almost a thousand years ago, a Native American city flourished along the Mississippi River near what is now St Louis Cahokia was a thriving metropolis at its height with a population of twenty thousand, a sprawling central plaza, and scores of spectacular earthen mounds The city gave rise to a new culture that spread across the plains yet by 1400 it had been abandoned, leaving only the giant mounds as monuments and traces of its influence in tribes we know to [...]

    2. I was hoping to read about Cahokia itself as it was, but it felt like than half of the book was actually dedicated to the story of the archaeologists who uncovered various parts of it It s nice to know about, I guess, but as a non archaeologist I had a hard time visualizing the descriptions of the digs The remainder, the interesting tidbits, were fittingly, I guess buried between long stretches of the archaeologist narrative The reader can catch glimpses of Cahokian ritual, myth, and city rura [...]

    3. The findings at Cahokia call into question some long held beliefs for instance, that ecologically sensitive, peaceful, mystical and egalitarian peoples freely roamed the North American continent, never overpopulating or overexploiting their environments and that they could not have built cities or allowed power to be concentrated in the hands of the elites 3 something significant happened in the Midwest a thousand years ago 24 portance of chunkey as political religious gamemounds appear to have [...]

    4. This book tells the wrong story, devoting most of its short length to the excavation of Cahokia by generations of researchers, and offering the reader little information about the site itself It s a very odd decision I don t know if Pauketat, himself an academic and excavator, believed that these details are interesting than they actually are, or if he was searching for a way to tell a story with it, to make it appealing for a general audience There are many cases in which excavation work is f [...]

    5. Of mounds and menOver the course of my life I d heard about Mound Builders , about a city somewhere in the Mid West built by Indians, and seen a few odd photos of objects found in the mounds that were located out there somewhere I never really put it all together Now, thanks, to this excellent review of the knowledge that we have of that surprising development in America s ancient history, I feel that I have a basic grasp of what happened or at least what archaeologists THINK happened With no wr [...]

    6. I will always remember my Time Life Mysteries of the Ancient World book, which featured a misty picture of the Cahokia mounds and informed us that no one knows who built these mysterious mounds, or why, oooOOOoooOOOOooo before moving on to Easter Island Either the Time Life people were slacking off, or discoveries have been made, because there s enough interesting information about the Cahokians to fill a small book.There s still a lot of maybe or then again, maybe not going on, there is a lot [...]

    7. So, right, a book about Native American History in the US I m somewhat better on pre Columbian Latin American history, but after reading this I have determined it s possible that I don t know anything because no one knows that much, not just because I m an ignoramus.Anyway, this is not quite as engrossing as some science for the masses books, probably due to the paucity of source material The author is careful to footnote things and admit what is unknown, so it s interesting and educational, but [...]

    8. Fascinating book about the discovery and archeology of the Cahokia sites I didn t know much about this preColumbian site and found it quite interesting.

    9. I was hoping for solid info about Hopewell mounds, artifacts, and culture and was disappointed with the scant info about ancient America It had a few morsels but was lacking.

    10. Wonderful book for non archaeologists about this extraordinary place in the middle of America that was once the site of America s first city.

    11. What I wanted was than just a bunch of boring stories about excavations at the Cahokia mounds near St Louis I wanted something like a vivid recreation of the long forgotten past Thousands of warriors dancing in colorful costumes up and down the pyramid stairs Beautiful maidens being sacrificed to frowning stone gods Decadent chieftains feasting out of human skulls Instead the whole book was like, the presence of a chunkey stick within the burial cavern of Mound 138 suggests very strongly that t [...]

    12. A great city, huge temples, a large central playing field, planned communities built on the rubble of previous towns, outlying communities where immigrant labor, poorly fed, work fields of corn to feed the urbanites urbanization, urban renewal, immigrant labor it s all here, starting perhaps with the observation of a supernova in 1054d has been gone since the inhabitants disappeared in the 1300 1400 s A testament to the lack of historical credibility of the savage in the woods slander that const [...]

    13. This is an excellent discussion of the most important pre Columbian site north of the Rio Grande The writer describes the process of digging the site and explains how the dig results show what life was like when the city flourished I particularly like the fact that he s not inclined to the noble savage school of thought and fairly describes the Cahokians as, to the best he can, as they really were, subject to the same flaws as the rest of us Not worse, not better, just accurate An appropriate bo [...]

    14. About a week ago, I visited Cahokia Mounds museum and archaeological site in southeastern Illinois It was the site of the Cahokian Native American urban area, a planned city founded around 1050 A.D that fell and disappeared prior to the arrival of European settlers, and thus has been much of a mystery to us than, say, the Iroquois or Cherokee, or the Incas or Aztecs While at the museum, I bought this book, in part because I had read with interest the previous book on the subject by the same aut [...]

    15. The hell if I knew that the ruins of an eleventh century metropolis sits across the river from St Louis Unfortunately, what remains was built with earth, and the convening years have not been kind though the lumpen, eroded sadness which is the central pyramid mound can still boast being the fourth largest pyramid in the Americas.Great if you ve ever wondered what the social and political landscape of North America looked like prior to the European invasion.

    16. Writing style isn t like the DaVinci Code, but maybe that s a good thing It does a good, clear job of explaining the whole history of Cahokia that we know of, cutting back and forth from the present to the past The history of the archeological excavations, with some sites lost to progress but the key site apparently preserved, is itself fairly dramatic.

    17. Part of the excellent Penguin Library of American Indian History series appropriately this one is written by an archaeological anthropology scholar Pauketat who grew up near the site, in Belleville, IL That he was able to summarize all the recent last 50 years, or so finds and scholary writing into a well written, and easy to understand, 170 pp, is amazing I have had an interest in Cahokia since I did an Anthro class as an undergrad, way back in the 70 s, and chose to research the mounds near Jo [...]

    18. I feel torn about this book On the one hand, I am likely one of the few people outside of the St Louis metroplex who has pondered the fate of Cahokia 1 On the one hand, I find that this book exposes a great deal of the double standard that exists when it comes to defending the culture of Native Americans Native Americans are projected into this anti colonial or anti imperial picture where it is claimed that they respected the environment, that they behaved with decency and civility and that they [...]

    19. One of those audiobooks where it s death by narrator But, the narrative also seemed to lose its focus on Cahokia Too many investigations of archeologists and not enough tying the threads of what we do know about Cahokia together I realize there s a lot that we don t know, but the book could have used of what do we know about life at Cahokia and what are the theories as to why the city disappeared.

    20. Good basic overview to an unfortunately understudied part of American history It s a book that brings up questions than answers, mostly due to the fragmentary nature of the evidence we have Pauketat is probably the person most qualified to let the reader know just what that evidence is and draw our attention to possible interpretations.

    21. For one who loves archeology, this was a well written book on one of the most important pre Colombian sites in the USA It is not easy to be so historical and have so much data on a site that boomed 1000 years ago There is some repetition which makes it seem too academic at times, making it a difficult book to enjoy and speed through.

    22. Many questions and interesting possible connections and perhapses If there were no development of the St Louis metropolis, what might have we discovered

    23. Utterly fascinating stories and anthropology, but too often weighted down with overly academic prose and questionable speculation.

    24. Scholarly yet easily readable, Pauketat begins with the first Europeans who encountered the vast mounds build by an unknown society along the Mississippi and follows their history through the work of various archaeologists who uncovered its secrets, often just ahead of the bulldozers that leveled much of the site for developments and highways He ends with the enduring mystery of why Cahokia was abandoned, where its population went, and most of all why are there no oral accounts or pictographs th [...]

    25. This book describes some of the artifacts burial styles found at the site and lightly speculates on the social religious political meanings to the ancient city and its surrounding regions It mentions reasons both for and against connections between the people who ruled at Cahokia and Meso American civilizations, and identifies later sites on the Plains on in Eastern US that may or may be related to the preceding Cahokia people There is some information here, but overall the descriptions and spec [...]

    26. This is a very well written book which frankly surprised me, because it s a book by an archaeologist In my experience, academic archaeologists are not very good at writing for people who haven t had at least a few years of grad school Anyway, this is much accessible to the general reader than Pauketat s previous book Ancient Cahokia and the Mississippians And this is a very good thing, because there really aren t many books explaining modern archaeology to an interested public It s short and it [...]

    27. In grade school the Cahokian civilization received a passing mention in our textbooks somewhere between the Bering land bridge and the arrival of the Pilgrims I remember being fascinated by the idea of it a people worthy of the appellation civilization, who built enormous and mysterious mounds across the landscape At the time, I imagined pre Pilgrim North America to be a great wilderness dotted with picturesque villages full of half naked Indians, who hunted and gathered no than what they neede [...]

    28. Curious that a settlement widely asserted an assertion repeated in this volume to have been the size of a contemporary London at its height 1000 1200 CE is essentially a ghost ship of history Merely a lesson in the particular narrative value of enduring metals, stone and the recorded word An odd book by an expert in the field As an expert in the field, I am willing to presume Professor Pauketat was approached by the editors of the series The Penguin Library of American Indian History for this wo [...]

    29. This was a pretty well put together book, accessible and readable It describes a Native American empire in the Midwest, one that would have been on the wane just as Columbus landed in the West Indies.Cahokia was based somewhere around modern day Missouri, though the details are somewhat sketchy what they do know is that their style of architecture, city layout, and their culture, via some very popular games expanded for literally a thousand miles They appear to have had upper and lower classes, [...]

    30. Journey back to the eleventh century when North America was a wide open continent teaming with wildlife and nature, where the native peoples were in the minority, where natural resources were in abundance, and where life was different Travel up the Mississippi and when you get to a place near to what would one day be the city of St Louis, you will find great flat top pyramids reaching into the sky, and a place teaming with activity and people You have reached the ancient and once great city of C [...]

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