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Lecture on Cahokia, a Pre-Columbian Native American City
March 9 @ 7:03 pm - 9:30 pm
Dr. Sarah E. Baires, assistant professor of anthropology at Eastern Connecticut State University, will deliver a lecture on March 9 at Norwalk Community College about Cahokia, a Medieval native American city that thrived in what is now the lowland floodplains of the Mississippi River, near St. Louis.
The lecture is sponsored by NCC’s Anthropology Club and will be held in GenRe Forum from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Seventy earthen mounds lie within a protected area of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, the remains of Cahokia, once considered one of the great urban centers in the world.
At its heyday in AD 1050, Cahokia was the largest North American city north of Mexico, larger than London at the time. The religious, social and political center had an estimated population of 30,000 people, with public buildings, temples and plazas across the city. Cahokia grew, prospered and mysteriously declined within two centuries thereafter.
Dr. Baires’ research focuses on pre-Columbian Native American societies, in particular urban landscapes, religious beliefs, and social and political change. She has done extensive fieldwork and research regarding Cahokia including excavations and discovery of valuable artifacts.
For more information, please contact Ernest Wiegand at email@example.com.
— an announcement from Norwalk Community College
Web links about Cahokia, from Darienite.com:
- Wikipedia article
- Cahokia Mounds state historic site website
- “Metropolitan Life on the Mississippi” Washington Post article, March 12, 1997
- “Cahokia: America’s Forgotten City” National Geographic, January 2011
- “Cahokia: A Pre-Columbian American City” Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History website