Although it is interpreted as part of Cahokia’s urban-administrative core, the East St. Louis site was itself the second largest city in the Mississippian world. Previous investigations have documented monumental features such as mounds, but ongoing excavations by the Illinois State Archaeological Survey for a new interstate are yielding novel data about the city’s residential neighborhoods. A substantial Lohmann-phase occupation reveals that East St. Louis and early Cahokia developed simultaneously, but the rarity of late Mississippian deposits suggests that it collapsed earlier than its neighbor. Preliminary results will be updated to include new discoveries from the 2010 field season.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 67th Annual Meeting|
|State||Published - 2010|