Internal dissension cited as reason for Cahokia’s dissolution
|Artist's rendition of Cahokian people [Credit: Cahokia Mounds|
State Historic Site]
Emerson and Hedman go on to say that Cahokia does not have a clear history of significant environmental degradation that can be linked to dissolution.
“Cahokia may be an interesting example of political experiment in the unification of social and ethnic diversity that failed – probably by design.”
Hedman and Emerson claim the remains of the inhabitants of Cahokia have a story to tell. Archaeologists have been able to gather information about the lifestyle, diet, health and place of birth of those buried at Cahokia. This information provided vital clues in assessing factors involved in the final demise of Cahokia.
For the past 15 years, ISAS archaeologists have studied curated collections from Greater Cahokia. Evidence from osteological and isotopic analyses and radiocarbon dating was used to establish temporal and cultural context and to assess the population that once occupied the urban center of Cahokia. This newly acquired data and reevaluation of existing documentation are continuing to offer new insights about the people of Cahokia and what may have caused the demise of America’s first city.
Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [February 23, 2016]
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