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Archaeologists intrigued by Chesterfield site

Chesterfield, Missouri (AP) 7-09

Archaeologists digging at a site in west St. Louis County believe it was once a major market center for Mississippian Indians.

Last year, Chesterfield workers excavating soil to build a retention reservoir cut into the ruins, exposing thousands of artifacts that included decorative pottery, arrowhead and tool fragments, and beads used to make necklaces.

Archaeologists are especially intrigued because the site isn’t far from the Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Ill. Cahokia was a pre-Columbian political and religious capital and was the largest Native American city north of Mexico.

Those involved in the dig hope to develop a more complete picture of what has been called Mississippian culture, a people who thrived from 1050 to 1400 then mysteriously disappeared.

 

 

 

 

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