While previous investigations at East St. Louis have documented remnants of the prehistoric city’s grandeur—mounds, post pits, public buildings, a plaza, and an elite storage hut compound—ITARP’s ongoing excavations for a new interstate are yielding novel data about the city’s residential neighborhoods. A large, previously unrecognized Lohmann-phase occupation reveals that East St. Louis and early Cahokia developed simultaneously, although the rarity of late Mississippian deposits suggest that East St. Louis collapsed earlier than its neighbor. Other highlights of these investigations include the discovery of a female stone figurine and rare evidence for interaction with Plains groups.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - 2009|