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“Impressive. Provides perspective on the interconnectedness of Cahokia with regional cultures, the evidence for (or against) this connection in specific areas, and the hows and whys of Cahokian influence on shaping regional cultures. There is no other comparable work.”—Lynne P. Sullivan, coeditor of Mississippian Mortuary Practices: Beyond Hierarchy and the Representationist Perspective “This volume synthesizes information regarding possible contacts—direct or indirect—with Cahokia and offers several hypotheses about how those contacts may have occurred and what evidence the archaeological record offers.”—Mary Vermilion, Saint Louis University At its height between AD 1050 and 1275, the city of Cahokia was the largest settlement of the Mississippian culture, acting as an important trade center and pilgrimage site. While the influence of Cahokian culture on the development of monumental architecture, maize-based subsistence practices, and economic complexity throughout North America is undisputed, new research in this volume reveals a landscape of influence of the regions that had and may not have had a relationship with Cahokia. Contributors find evidence for Cahokia’s hegemony—its social, cultural, ideological, and economic influence—in artifacts, burial practices, and religious iconography uncovered at far-flung sites across the Eastern Woodlands. Case studies include Kinkaid in the Ohio River Valley, Schild in the Illinois River Valley, Shiloh in Tennessee, and Aztalan in Wisconsin. These essays also show how, with Cahokia’s abandonment, the diaspora occurred via the Mississippi River and extended the culture’s impact southward. Cahokia in Context demonstrates that the city’s cultural developments during its heyday and the impact of its demise produced profound and lasting effects on many regional cultures. This close look at Cahokia’s influence offers new insights into the movement of people and ideas in prehistoric America, and it honors the final contributions of Charles McNutt, one of the most respected scholars in southeastern archaeology. Charles H. McNutt (1928‒2017) was professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Memphis and the editor of Prehistory of the Central Mississippi Valley. Ryan M. Parish is assistant professor of archaeology at the University of Memphis. A volume in the Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Tables
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I. Heartland: The American Bottom and Lower Ohio Valley
  1. 1. In the Beginning: Contextualizing Cahokia’s Emergence
  2. pp. 11-31
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  1. 2. The Implications of the Religious Foundations at Cahokia
  2. pp. 32-48
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  1. 3. Tracking Cahokians through Material Culture
  2. pp. 49-86
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  1. 4. Kincaid Mounds and the Cahokian Decline
  2. pp. 87-104
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  1. Part II. The North: The Upper Mississippi River Valley
  1. 5. Aztalan and the Northern Tier of a Cahokia Hinterland
  2. pp. 107-127
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  1. 6. Cahokia and the Northwest Quarter
  2. pp. 128-160
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  1. Part III. The West: The Middle Mississippi River Valley
  1. 7. Cahokia Connections in Northeastern Arkansas
  2. pp. 163-184
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  1. 8. Possible Cahokian Contacts in Eastern and Southeastern Arkansas
  2. pp. 185-204
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  1. 9. Interactions between the Caddo and Cahokia Regions
  2. pp. 205-215
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  1. 10. Cahokian Exports to Spiro
  2. pp. 216-242
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  1. 11. The Mississippian Period in Western Tennessee
  2. pp. 243-275
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  1. 12. Carson and Cahokia
  2. pp. 276-300
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  1. Part IV. The South: The Southeastern Interior
  1. 13. Mississippian Origins as Viewed from the Shiloh Indian Mound Group, Western Tennessee
  2. pp. 303-313
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  1. 14. Cahokia-Moundville Interaction: An Update
  2. pp. 314-318
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  1. 15. Cahokians and the Circulation of Ritual Goods in the Middle Cumberland Region
  2. pp. 319-351
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  1. 16. The Cahokian Diaspora, Etowah, and South Appalachian Mississippian
  2. pp. 352-366
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  1. Part V. The Coast: The Lower Mississippi River Valley and Gulf
  1. 17. Vestiges of the Brayden Corridor: From Cahokia to Lake Jackson
  2. pp. 369-390
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  1. 18. The Cahokia Connection at the Lake Providence Mounds, Louisiana
  2. pp. 391-408
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  1. 19. Conclusion
  2. pp. 409-412
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  1. References
  2. pp. 413-490
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 491-496
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781683401070
Related ISBN
9781683400820
MARC Record
OCLC
1134798235
Pages
518
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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