The Reign and Ruin of the Lords of Cahokia

A Dialectic of Dominance

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Abstract

The intellectual roots of and archaeological evidence for a “climax” of the late‐prehistoric Cahokia polity are reconsidered. The increased sacralization of chiefly authority seems apparent at the same time that the political economy may have stagnated during the late 11th century A.D. This apparent quandary may be resolved if we recognize the dialectical relationship between chiefly political structure and a chiefly ideology. Centralization and decentralization are opposing tendencies of the same process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-51
Number of pages21
JournalArcheological Papers of the American Anthropological Association
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

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political structure
centralization
dialectics
decentralization
political economy
ideology
evidence
Reign
Climax
Political Economy
11th Century
Dialectics
Ideology
Cahokia
Sacralization
Archaeological Evidence
Centralization
Decentralization
Political Structure
Authority

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  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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