A Concealed Landscape: New Evidence from the North Plaza

Author(s): Caitlin Rankin

Year: 2017


Recent soil coring and reexamination of mound height changes through time have revealed an extremely high historic sedimentation rate of 5.2 cm per year in the North Plaza, resulting in deep burial (around four meters) of the Mississippian landscape. Modernly, the North Plaza is noticeably lower than other plazas surrounding Monks Mounds; however, the North Plaza would have been a dramatic topographic feature during Mississippian occupation. The discovery of landscape six meters lower than the rest of Cahokia questions previous assumptions regarding the North Plaza’s function as a mound and plaza group.

Cite this Record

A Concealed Landscape: New Evidence from the North Plaza. Caitlin Rankin. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431566)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.64; max lat: 49.153 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17026