By Timothy R. Pauketat
Quite a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois lies the is still of the main subtle prehistoric local civilization north of Mexico. Cahokia Mounds explores the background in the back of this buried American urban inhabited from approximately A.D. seven-hundred to 1400.
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Digging in any place at or around Cahokia has a set of unique challenges. First and foremost, it’s often incredibly hot and humid, rivaling places in the tropics in its extremes. Sometimes students go down with heat exhaustion. Worse, there can be bad air and water pollution near Cahokia. Once we were digging at a site where the air pollution was so bad one day that our eyes and throats were burning—probably with sulfur dioxide. But I guess the worst challenge to archaeology is the problem of site destruction.
My dad, Bobby, became a bigger arrowhead enthusiast than I and took me camping and fishing regularly. There were lots of other important experiences too, without which I wonder if I’d have stuck with archaeology as a career. I veered into geology in college, but an archaeology field school and then a job as a student intern with the Corps of Engineers gave me the needed confidence and knowhow to move on to graduate school at Southern Illinois University and then at Michigan. NSB: When you were an undergraduate at college, did you have an idea of what kind of archaeology you would like to do?
Cahokia Mounds (Digging for the Past) by Timothy R. Pauketat