The Layout of Cahokia

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 Layout of Cahokia

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This chapter provides a discussion on the layout of Cahokia. There are too many exceptions to justify accepting the practicality claim as credible. It is also noted that the variation is not a response to practical concerns but is the result of changes in the rules by which the appropriate positioning of a mound was determined. The centralist and autonomist factions are described. The building of Mound 72 clearly marks the abandonment of Woodhenge 72. Clearly, the mortuary and artifactual deposits of Mound 72 represent the Woodhenge cult as being highly influential and a source of support among the centralist factions of the regular cult alliances. In addition, the Ideological Cult Faction model is confirmed.

Keywords: Cahokia; factionalism; Mound 72; Woodhenge 72; Woodhenge cult; Ideological Cult Faction model

Chapter.  13144 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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