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University of Illinois (Champaign, IL 61801-3620)
Timothy Robert Pauketat (Project Director: January 2014 to August 2015)
Thomas E. Emerson (Project Director: August 2015 to August 2016)
Timothy Robert Pauketat (Project Director: August 2016 to December 2021)
Susan M. Alt (Co Project Director: January 2014 to December 2021)
Cahokia’s Richland Farmers: Agricultural Expansion, Immigration, Ritual and the Foundations of Mississippian Civilization

Laboratory testing and interpretive analysis of artifacts collected at the Cahokian Richland Complex in Collinsville, Illinois, and for the preparation for publication of monographs, an article, an edited volume, and an online website exhibit. (36 months)

A team of researchers requests funding to complete the analysis of, write descriptive syntheses on, and enhance public and researcher access to the architecture and materials of four related 950-year-old settlements that hold the key to the rise of pre-Columbian North America’s one true city: Cahokia. Cahokia’s dramatic mid-11th century AD construction as a monumental capital, built by a diverse, rapidly urbanizing population of immigrants and locals, is a model for the rise of early civilizations everywhere. By isolating the region’s discrete subpopulations and tracking their activities around AD 1050, this proposal will result, for the first time, in a historically detailed understanding of how new agrarian relationships linked farming and farmers with other forces of the world in ways that underwrote Cahokia’s urbanism. Understanding how has a direct bearing on questions of global sustainability into the foreseeable future.

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Project fields:

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$303,545 (approved)
$303,545 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2018