Contextualizing Figurines and Earspools from the East St. Louis Mound Center

Thomas Emerson, Steve Boles, Sarah U. Wisseman, Randall E. Hughes

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Ongoing studies have shown that there are culturally and chronologically distinct patterns of prehistoric pipestone use in the Midcontinent. Cahokian use of pipestones has been generally restricted to the manufacture of distinctive Cahokia-style figures from local St. Louis flint clay. Ongoing excavations at the East St. Louis Mound Center have confirmed this pattern with the recovery of two new Cahokia flint clay figures. However, for the first time, we found evidence that unworked Baraboo pipestone nodules from Wisconsin (650 km to the north) were being imported for local earspool manufacturing. The broader regional context of this new evidence is discussed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgram and Abstracts - 56th Annual Meeting
PublisherMidwest Archaeological Conference
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 Midwest Archaeological Conference - Bloomington, United States
Duration: Oct 21 2010Oct 24 2010


Conference2010 Midwest Archaeological Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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