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Cahokia: Mirror of the Cosmos Epub ↠ of the PDF ✓ Cahokia: Mirror eBook Æ Mirror of the Epub Ù At the turn of the last millennium, a powerful Native American civilization emerged and flourished in the American Midwest By AD the population of its capital city, Cahokia, was larger than that of London Without the use of the wheel, beasts of burden, or metallurgy, its tec. At the turn of the last millennium, a powerful Native American civilization emerged and flourished in the American Midwest By ADthe population of its capital city, Cahokia, was larger than that of London Without the use of the wheel, beasts of burden, or metallurgy, its technology was of the Stone Age, yet its culture fostered widespread commerce, refined artistic expression, and monumental architecture The model for this urbane world was nothing less than the cosmos itself The climax of their ritual center was a four tiered pyramid covering fourteen acre rising a hundred feet into the sky the tallest structure in the United States untilThis beautifully illustrated book traces the history of this six square mile area in the central Mississippi Valley from the Big Bang to the presentChappell seeks to answer fundamental questions about this unique, yet still relatively unknown space, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site inHow did this swampy land become so amenable to human life Who were the remarkable people who lived here before the Europeans came Why did the whole civilization disappear so rapidly What became of the land in the centuries after the Mississippians abandoned it And finally, what can we learn about ourselves as we look into the changing meaning of Cahokia through the ages To explore these questions, Chappell probes a wide range of sources, including the work of astronomers, geographers, geologists, anthropologists, and archaeologists Archival photographs and newspaper accounts, as well as interviews with those who work at the site and Native Americans on their annual pilgrimage to the site, bring the story up to the presentTying together these many threads, Chappell weaves a rich tale of how different people conferred their values on the same piece of land and how the transformed landscape, in turn, inspired different values in them cultural, spiritual, agricultural, economic, and humanistic At the turn of the last millennium, a powerful Native American civilization emerged and flourished in the American Midwest By AD the population of its capital city, Cahokia, was larger than that of London Without the use of the wheel, beasts of burden, or metallurgy, its technology was of the Stone Age, yet its culture fostered widespread commerce, refined artistic expression, and monumental architecture The model for this urbane world was nothing less than the cosmos itself The climax of their ritual center was a four tiered pyramid covering fourteen acre rising a hundred feet into the sky the tallest structure in the United States until This beautifully illustrated book traces the history of this six square mile area in the central Mississippi Valley from the Big Bang to the presentChappell seeks to answer fundamental questions about this unique, yet still relatively unknown space, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in How did this swampy land become so amenable to human life Who were the remarkable people who lived here before the Europeans came Why did the whole civilization disappear so rapidly What became of the land in the centuries after the Mississippians abandoned it And finally, what can we learn about ourselves as we look into the changing meaning of Cahokia through the ages To explore these questions, Chappell probes a wide range of sources, including the work of astronomers, geographers, geologists, anthropologists, and archaeologists Archival photographs and newspaper accounts, as well as interviews with those who work at the site and Native Americans on their annual pilgrimage to the site, bring the story up to the presentTying together these many threads, Chappell weaves a rich tale of how different people conferred their values on the same piece of land and how the transformed landscape, in turn, inspired different values in them cultural, spiritual, agricultural, economic, and humanistic