Interrogating Diaspora and Movement in the Greater Cahokian World

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Archaeological and isotopic evidence from Greater Cahokia and several prominent outlier sites argues against simple diaspora models either for the rise or fall of this pre-Columbian urban phenomenon. Besides indications that a culturally diverse population was associated with the city throughout its history, we argue that a spiritual vitality undergirded its origins such that many movements of people would have been two-way affairs. Some Cahokians who ultimately left the city may have been members of foreign lineages in the beginning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-71
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Archaeological Method and Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Bundle
  • Cahokia
  • Diaspora
  • Immigration
  • Isotopes
  • Mississippian

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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