Although it is sometimes interpreted as part of Cahokia‘s urban– administrative core, the East St. Louis site was by itself the second largest city in the Mississippian world. Previous investigations have documented monumental features such as mounds, but ITARP‘s ongoing excavations for a new interstate are yielding novel data about the city‘s residential neighborhoods. A substantial, previously unrecognized Lohmann-phase occupation reveals that East St. Louis and early Cahokia developed simultaneously, but the rarity of late Mississippian deposits suggests that it collapsed earlier than its mightier neighbor. Other highlights include a female stone figurine and rare evidence for interaction with Plains groups.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - 2010|