Contextualizing Diaspora within an Urbanized Cahokia

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Bioarchaeological research and extensive excavations at East St. Louis precinct revealed the urban character of Greater Cahokia’s fluid and dynamic populations between AD 1050 and 1200. The emerging picture from archaeological remains and stable isotopes depicts a community of heterogeneous immigrants and locals that were culturally, ethnically, and probably linguistically diverse. These relocated people were assembled within a Cahokian-imagined landscape of densely packed interdigitated elite and commoner homes, religious buildings, monumental constructions, and public and sanctified spaces. The reordering of space and material culture and immigrant communities, assuredly reordered social, political and spiritual relations creating a uniquely Cahokian diasporic dynamic
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 74th Annual Meeting
StatePublished - 2017

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