October 2018: Dr. Dana Bardolph, “Mounds, Missionaries, and Merchants: Cahokian Cultural Influence in the Central Illinois River Valley”


Sunday Oct 28, 2018 at 3pm

Dr. Dana Bardolph, Hirsh Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University

Mounds, Missionaries, and Merchants: Cahokian Cultural Influence in the Central Illinois River Valley

Long before Columbus reached the Americas, Cahokia, located eight miles outside of modern day St. Louis, was the biggest, most cosmopolitan city north of Mexico, with a larger population than London in A.D. 1250. The political consolidation of this complex Mississippian polity had far-reaching impacts on indigenous groups throughout the Late Prehistoric Southeast and Midwest, from Missouri and Illinois to Minnesota and Wisconsin. This talk will present data from the 2018 archaeological investigations at the newly discovered Fandel Mounds site, located near Upper Lake Peoria in Central Illinois. The earliest Mississippian mound center in the Central Illinois River Valley known to date, Fandel was pivotal in the early history of Cahokia’s connections to an emerging 11th century northern frontier.

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