Mysterious People of North America’s First Native City Welcomed Immigrants, Scientists Discover

The authors of Revealing Greater Cahokia, North America’s First Native City from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign detailed how the settlement not only featured homes and temples fashioned from wooden posts and thatched roofs and walls, but storage facilities, cemeteries, and monuments such as mounds. At the Woodhenge circle of posts that served as an astronomical observatory, its peoples watched the stars. The book takes into account excavations and studies carried out between 2008 and 2018. Archeologists found 1,500 native structures, the base of a large mound, ceremonial plazas and posts, as well as over a million artifacts, archeologist and co-editor Thomas Emerson told Newsweek. He called these a “game changer” for our understanding of native societies.

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