Refiguring the Archaeology of Greater Cahokia

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Revised theoretical constructs and an enlarged database allow substantive revisions to a processual accounting of greater Cahokia. Measures of political consolidation, demographic nucleation, central transformations, and centrifugal dispersions reveal the form, scale, and developmental trajectory of greater Cahokia to have been highly centralized, regional, and punctuated by abrupt and pervasive social changes, respectively. Social restructuring, political rituals, and large-scale labor mobilizations are recognizable among the archaeological remains, as are the pre-Mississippian traditions that tempered regional government. Greater Cahokia was a product of local agricultural populations dominated and accommodated over three centuries. The processes of domination and accommodation, occurring at a time when regional administration was not yet commonplace, left unmistakable regional and panregional signatures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-89
Number of pages45
JournalJournal of Archaeological Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Cahokia
  • Chiefdoms
  • Mississippian
  • Native America

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • General Arts and Humanities


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