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Ancient Cahokia and the Mississippians (Case Studies in Early Societies) Hardcover – August 9, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0521817400 ISBN-10: 0521817404

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Product Details

  • Series: Case Studies in Early Societies (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521817404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521817400
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,570,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...Timothy Pauketat certainly ranks as an authority on this stage of cultural development in the Eastern Woodlands.... Ancient Cahokia and the Mississippians is an important contribution to Mississippian archaeology..." - Canadian Journal of Archaeology

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The ancient city of Cahokia developed in the Mississippi valley in North America a millennium ago and has left an extraordinarily rich archaeological record. In this important new survey, Timothy Pauketat offers an outline of the development of Mississippian civilization, presenting a wealth of archaeological evidence.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mohe on January 21, 2009
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Pauketat is a bit of a bomb thrower and he lobsquite a few well directed missiles in this work, but they all land to good effect and he gives a very good account of the fluorescence of the Mississippian culture at Cahokia. His argument holds together very well and his genuine passion for the subject keeps it quite engaging. My only real complaint is that the book basically ends with Cahokia, and does not really discuss the Mississippian in the Southeast at all, nor does it have much to say on Cahokia's precursors. I would love to see a volume on either subject that was as passionately, thoroughly, and engagingly written.

In a way this is almost a mirror of Kantner's work on the Anasazi, which is part of the same series, suffers from almost the reverse flaw Ancient Puebloan Southwest (Case Studies in Early Societies), barely discussing the Chacoan period, but illuminates what happened after the end of Chaco.

Highly recommended for those interested in the largest center in the Precolumbian US.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joanthan Dean on August 13, 2005
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The author has both excavated and written profusely on the Missippian Culture, centered in Cahokia to the East of Saint Louis, and the builders of the largest pyramids in North America. The culture flourished in the later Medieval times, just before the white men came to North America. Cahokia should be a famous as Chichen Itza and Tikal--this book is a superb introduction to the culture and to the scholarly discputes about its origins and acheivements.

Every well educated American should be familiar with Missippian culture. Read this book!
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A very readable and comprehensive history of the endemic peoples of the Mississippi valley. Although Cahokia was the largest site structurally, pains are taken to present cultural development throughout the larger environment in the valley. From the early, less planned and less financed archaeology, through a broad look at these peoples, the text is fact-filled and efficient. This short, but well referenced and indexed book gives a thorough look at the Mississippi valley, from the initial building stages, to the tie in with the far-reaching 2,100 BC dry periods which helped bring about the downfall of Cahokia and endemic groups throughout the central and western areas of America. A must read.
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By William F. Romain, PhD on September 18, 2012
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This is one of Pauketat's best books. It provides a fascinating and comprehensive look at Cahokia with sufficient detail to be of interest not only to the general reader, but also professionals. Highly recommend!
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After visiting Cahokia in April, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading books and am looking into more trips to the various mound sites in the US
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