Lost City of Cahokia: Experts visit an abandoned civilization where 15,000 people once lived

Generations ago, Cahokia was known as the largest and most influential urban settlement in Mississippian culture. The bustle and bustle of the thriving metropolitan area was home to over 15,000 citizens.

While it was once a radiant city, research teams don’t seem to fully understand the other side of the story, as in the late 14th century the land was rarely visited by people.

The Radiant City of Cahokia Abandoned Hundreds of Years Ago

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EDWARDSVILLE, KS – JANUARY 19: This undated photo provided by the Department of Geography at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois shows archaeologists working at a site near St. Louis, MO, that they believe to be the “City of the Sun”, an ancient Cahokia Indian City that disappeared without a trace 800 years ago. After years of extensive study, researchers believe they have discovered Monks Mound, a 14-acre, 100-foot-tall earthen structure that was built entirely with stone tools.

A report the previous year managed to prove one of many previous theories that the destruction of the forest and the logging of open fields near Cahokia were producing severe damage and localized flooding, making the place uninhabitable for the native inhabitants of America.

Analyzing rock samples collected around earthen structures at Cahokia Mounds Regional National Monument, investigators found that the earth remained prominent from Cahokia’s Glory until around the 1800s and the rapid industrialization

According to alternative statements, there was no humanitarian calamity.

According to the interview with geoarchaeologist Caitlin Rankin from the College of Illinois at Urbana published on the media site, ScienceAlertthere was a fairly common story about agricultural management patterns that increase degradation and deposition and contribute significantly to all of these ecological impacts.

However, as experts backtrack on this hypothesis, they find no indication of devastating floods.

The mounds near the archaeological site are in low lying areas next to a stream, which is an excellent location for any localized flooding that may have occurred.

Nevertheless, the survey published in the journal Geoarchaeology in 2021 demonstrated that this has not contributed to the type of degradation and flooding that will also force residents from their homes.

“There were indications of overuse of wood throughout the event. However, this does not take into account the possibility that individuals may incorporate things in the same way that they may reprocess.” Rankin said in a press release at the time.

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About 15,000 Cahokia residents left, reason remains unknown

The researchers also advise people not to assume that habitat destruction was happening or that this incident ended up causing habitat destruction.

With research reported in 2020 that investigated archaic feces to claim that humans must have officially returned to Cahokia in significant numbers long ago when native Europeans arrived in the 16th era, experts continue to be fascinated. by Cahokia,

According to the researchers leading the 2021 search, while it’s essential to keep looking to uncover real evidence of what happened, the mess we’re creating to take care of the world right now makes it so much easier to… ‘imagine environmental destruction becoming responsible for some of history’s unanswered riddles.

In previously published news from Source, no one knows for sure why people left Cahokia, although many environmental and social explanations have been offered. Dismissing the previous hypothesis, experts are forced to look for alternative answers and seek new avenues of investigation, as Tristram Kidder, an anthropologist at Washington College in St. Louis, has pointed out.

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