Questioning the Native American Population Rebound in the Horseshoe Lake Watershed from AD 1500 to AD 1700

B. Jacob Skousen, Michael Aiuvalasit

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Abstract

White and colleagues (2020) have argued that after Cahokia's AD 1400 decline, the native population in the Horseshoe Lake Watershed rebounded beginning in AD 1500 and peaked around 1650, and that the native groups populating the area were members of the Illinois Confederation. These arguments are based on a population reconstruction obtained from fecal stanol concentrations from Horseshoe Lake sediment cores and regional historical, archaeological, and environmental data. We argue that their interpretations are problematic because they discount extensive regional archaeological and historical datasets and do not consider alternative hypotheses that could explain high levels of fecal stanol concentrations in lake sediments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Volume86
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Cahokia
  • fecal stanols
  • Illinois Confederacy
  • protohistory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology
  • Museology

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