Excellent historical and At the turn of the last millennium a powerful Native American civilization merged and flourished in the American Midwest By AD 1050 the population of its capital city Cahokia was larger than that of London Without the use of the wheel beasts of burden or metallurgy its technology was of the Stone Age yet its culture fostered widespread commerce refined artistic xpression and monumental architecture The model the Stone Age yet its culture fostered widespread commerce refined artistic xpression and monumental architecture The model this urbane world was nothing less than the cosmos itself The climax of their ritual center was a four tiered pyramid covering fourteen acre rising a hundred feet into the sky the #tallest structure in the united states 18. #structure in the United until 18.
Summary Cahokia Mirror of the CosmosC
ahokia site through time. Ning of Cahokia through the agesTo xplore these uestions Chappell probes a wide range of sources including the work of astronomers geographers geologists anthropologists and archaeologists Archival photographs and newspaper accounts as well as interviews with those who work at the site and Native Americans on their annual pilgrimage to #the site bring the story up to the presentTying together these #site bring the story up to the presentTying together these threads Chappell weaves a rich tale of how different people conferred their values on the same piece of land and how the transformed landscape in turn inspired different values in them cultural spiritual agricultural conomic and humanist. H
otographic overview of the. 67 This beautifully illustrated book traces the history of this six suare mile area in the central Mississippi Valley from the Big Bang to the presentChappell seeks to answer fundamental uestions about this uniue yet still relatively unknown space which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 How did this swampy land become so amenable to human life Who were the remarkable people who lived here before the Europeans came Why did the whole civilization disappear so rapidly What became of the land in the centuries after the Mississippians abandoned it And finally what can we learn #about ourselves as we look into the changing #ourselves as we look into the changing
Sally A. Kitt Chappell