Building the Wall: Excavations of Cahokia's East Palisade

Author(s): Rachel Campbell

Year: 2017


The East Palisade Project at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is an ongoing investigation with the main goal of fully determining the path of the multiple construction phases of the palisade walls surrounding the core of the site. Located in Ramey Field, just east of Monks Mound, excavations have occurred intermittently in this area since the 1960s. The study of the area has helped in the understanding of the construction of the palisade walls as well as the varying types of bastions used throughout the occupation of the site. The East Palisade Project has also hosted Cahokia’s Volunteer Field School allowing the public to participate in archaeological investigations. This paper will summarize the history of the palisade excavations and the results of recent investigations.

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Building the Wall: Excavations of Cahokia's East Palisade. Rachel Campbell. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431567)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Midwest

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16372