Dr. Melissa Baltus from The University of Toledo discusses excavations west of “Downtown” Cahokia that illuminate neighborhood dynamics and how Cahokians shaped their city.
The first presentation in the AIA/SunWatch Winter 2019 Lecture Series: She Blinded Me with Science presented by Dr. Melissa Baltus, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The University of Toledo.
Cities of the past, much like the present, are vibrant places comprised of varying and changing neighborhoods. Arguably, these neighborhood dynamics fuel the creation and transformation of the city. Salvage and CRM excavations at Cahokia, the only known Indigenous city north of Mexico, have revealed information on three different neighborhoods of “Downtown”. Our recent exploration of a fourth neighborhood located west of the heart of the city will be discussed in the context of these known neighborhood dynamics to explore the ways in which past Cahokians altered their landscapes and shaped their city.
Thanks to the Archaeological Institute of America and the generosity of an anonymous donor, admission to the 2019 She Blinded Me with Science series is free and open to the public. Regular admission fees apply for guests who wish to visit the museum and village before or after each presentation. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pastries will be provided; guests are welcome to bring a beverage.
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