Cahokia: Native American Metropolis

While Teotihuacán, Tikal, Chaco Canyon, and Machu Picchu are the cities most commonly conjured in the minds of millions when the phrase “Pre-Columbian metropolis” is uttered, one ought to be aware of the grandeur and importance of Cahokia, located near the present-day city of St. Louis, MO in the Midwestern United States. Cahokia: Ancient America’s Great City on the Mississippi, a work authored by Timothy Pauketat, permits the reader to gain insight into one of the most important and least understood Pre-Columbian sites in the Americas. Please click here to read a book review by Chad Anderson for Common-Place.


By James Wiener

James Blake Wiener is the Communications Director at Ancient History Encyclopedia. Trained as a historian and researcher, and previously a professor, James is chiefly interested in cross-cultural exchange, world history, and international relations. Aside from his work at AHE, James is an avid Arabist, devotee of romance languages (French, Portuguese, and Spanish), reggaetoñero, and fan of ice hockey.