Amazing new information has been unearthed about the “Paris of Native Americans,” the lost city of Cahokia. Now an empty plain on the outskirts of St. Louis, a thousand years ago this mysterious complex of mounds and ruins was one of the largest cities in the world.
The place was long deserted and gone to ruin by the time that Europeans first reached the area. Charles Dickens himself visited the site, and little more was known of it then than it was today. Although the site was protected and certain efforts were made to understand the history of the complex beginning in the 1970s, relatively little was learned from the archaeological point of view.
All that has changed with a recent expedition to Cahokia Mounds. A multi-university team has staked out the territory and used all the formidable insight that modern technology provides. A device known as a magnetometer allows them to literally see beneath the ground, identifying remnants of long-buried constructions and finding ancient litter, refuse from the period and other archaeological treasures.
An astounding number of artifacts have yielded themselves to this new technique, and in such a state of preservation that more information about their origin and utilization can be gleaned. Overlapping layers of habitation can be discerned, and with them the movements of the populace across this sprawling complex. The amount of data coming in right now is clearly in the process of revolutionizing our history of Cahokia Mounds. By grace of modern archaeology the story of this enormous Native American city that rose to be the biggest metropolis in the world and then disappeared without trace will finally be revealed to us.Categories: Native American Culture, Paris of Native Americans