By Timothy R. Pauketat
Quite a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois lies the is still of the main refined prehistoric local civilization north of Mexico. Cahokia Mounds explores the background in the back of this buried American urban inhabited from approximately A.D. seven hundred to 1400.
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Going to school to become an archaeologist may seem long and drawn out, but in reality you are doing archaeology as you go. It involves reading, traveling, sweating, and laughing under difficult conditions. And you are constantly discovering new ideas along with artifacts from the past. So, I wonder if we shouldn’t all be archaeologists, whether it’s as a profession or as a hobby. Do it well and do it with all the hopes and dreams that you have. If that’s the way you do it, possibly anything you want to know about the past you will be able to discover.
But I guess the worst challenge to archaeology is the problem of site destruction. So many people, so many corporations, don’t care about the past. They’d rather wipe it out, bulldoze it away, or build a housing subdivision on top of it than learn from it. Too many people in the United States don’t value the past, especially the Native American past, because it seems irrelevant to their own present world. We need to prove them wrong. 43 / interview NSB: What was your most memorable or exciting discovery?
Cahokia Mounds (Digging for the Past) by Timothy R. Pauketat