The Organizational Principles of Multiple-Mound Locales

A. Martin Byers

in Cahokia

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780813029580
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039183 | DOI:
The Organizational Principles of Multiple-Mound Locales

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This chapter deals with the layout of the plaza-mound complexes making up Cahokia. There is an internal contradiction in George Milner's account (and by extension, in most if not all versions of the modular polity view), since his claim that monumental construction was carried out to accrue rank and esteem for its builders is at odds with the cosmology and ethos that this objectivist account necessarily presupposes for these same builders. By treating the religious aspect as setting priorities in determining the criteria for both the general siting of multiple-mound sites and the layout of mound-plaza complexes within these sites, the chapter tries to resolve/dissolve the first anomaly mentioned earlier in the chapter, the positioning of the St. Louis Mound group, and this leads into resolving/dissolving the second anomaly, the positioning of the Creek Bottom Group within Cahokia.

Keywords: Cahokia; George Milner; mound-plaza complexes; St. Louis Mound group; Creek Bottom Group; multiple-mound sites

Chapter.  10027 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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