Cahokia and the Hinterlands

Middle Mississippian Cultures of the Midwest
Author: Edited by Thomas E. Emerson and R. Barry Lewis
One of the essential volumes that attempt to explore and explain this largest of all Native American Archeological sites
Paper – $39
Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/2000
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About the Book

Covering topics as diverse as economic modeling, craft specialization, settlement patterns, agricultural and subsistence systems, and the development of social ranking, Cahokia and the Hinterlands explores cultural interactions among Cahokians and the inhabitants of other population centers, including Orensdorf and the Dickson Mounds in Illinois and Aztalan in Wisconsin, as well as sites in Minnesota, Iowa, and at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Proposing sophisticated and innovative models for the growth, development, and decline of Mississippian culture at Cahokia and elsewhere, this volume also provides insight into the rise of chiefdoms and stratified societies and the development of trade throughout the world.

About the Author

Thomas E. Emerson, director of the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Program in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the author of Cahokia and the Archaeology of Power. R. Barry Lewis, an associate professor of anthropology at UIUC, is the editor of Kentucky Archaeology and, with Charles Stout, Mississippian Towns and Sacred Spaces.


"This handsome volume defines the place of Cahokia, as currently understood, within a wide regional and cultural context. As such, it provides a number of important new models to replace simplistic diffusional theories that have been uncritically accepted for too long. . . . It belongs on the short list of titles about Midwestern archaeology that those who do archaeology cannot do without."--James M. Collins, Journal of the Iowa Archaeological Society

"Exceptionally well done."--Mary Ann Graham, Plains Anthropologist

"Emerson and Lewis are to be commended for assembling such a diverse group of regional specialists. Collectively, these authors have produced a provocative volume that should be on the bookshelf of everyone interested in the prehistory of the midcontinent. The impressive regional syntheses and the various ideas regarding contact situations are sure to be referred to and argued over for many years to come."--George R. Milner, Missouri Archaeological Society Quarterly