This volume presents a comprehensive analysis of a catastrophically burned, thirteenth-century Spoon River Mississippian palisaded town in the central Illinois River valley. During its occupation Orendorf Settlement D underwent multiple expansions, as well as changes in the community, ritual, and elite structures. Salvage excavations by a group of dedicated volunteers and the Upper Mississippi Valley Archaeological Research Foundation (UMVARF) revealed large community or civic buildings, rotundas, a cruciform temple structure, and dozens of rectangular wall-trench domestic structures surrounding a central plaza. The intact artifact assemblages found on the burned structure floors, described and illustrated in detail in this volume, provide a rare glimpse into Orendorf phase daily life and practices in the Cahokia hinterlands.
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