Mound 72 beaded burial

Part of the Cosmology in the New World project

Creator(s): Timothy Pauketat

Year: 2010


This is a plan map of the beaded burial and associated sacrificial victims in Mound 72, Cahokia, Illinois. Dates between AD 1050 and 1100. The individual is lying on a falcon cape made out of beads and is interpreted by some as a possible Morning Star impersonator. Others interpret the sacrifices as Corn Mother/Evening Star (Venus).

Image from Fowler et al., 1999, The Mound 72 Area: Dedicated and Sacred Space in Early Cahokia, Illinois State Museum, Springfield.

Cite this Record

Mound 72 beaded burial. Timothy Pauketat. 2010 ( tDAR id: 5700) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8SX6BK2



Human Remains Shell

Site Name

Investigation Types
Methodology, Theory, or Synthesis

beaded burial Corn Mother Evening Star falcon impersonator Morning Star Venus

Geographic Keywords
Cahokia Illlinois Midwest

Temporal Keywords

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1050 to 1100

Spatial Coverage

min long: -90.081; min lat: 38.643 ; max long: -90.054; max lat: 38.662 ;

File Information

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