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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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October 12th 2011:The Story of Cahokia: America’s First City

Before Europeans arrived on the North American continent, the central Mississippi River Valley formed the core of an extensive prehistoric urban network. Villages and cities flourished in the Midwest and Southeast U.S., extending north to Canada and south to the Gulf of Mexico. The Native Americans built extensive ceremonial and burial mounds that rivaled the cities of the Incas and Aztecs. Their culture, known as the Mississippian, thrived in urban complexes where archaeological research has unearthed the evidence of a complex agrarian society with unique funerary practices and a sophisticate

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Bill Iseminger

Bill Iseminger is the Assistant Site Director, curator, and public relations manager at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. He has worked at Cahokia for most of his professional career. Bill received his M.A. from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale). He has written extensively on Cahokia and the Mississippian culture for a variety of professional and popular publications. He has most recently authored the volume Cahokia Mounds, America’s First City.
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Terry Norris

Terry Norris is a Senior District Archaeologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District. He received his PhD in Colonial Studies at St. Louis University. Terry’s interests are in the prehistory and colonial heritage of the central Mississippi Valley as well as in 19th century rivercraft and historic cartography. Dr. Norris is president of the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society and serves on the Board of the St. Louis Science Center.
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