Mass Graves Show Cahokia Was Not Male Dominated

Started by gash, August 15, 2016, 10:51:32 am

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New research at Cahokia is challenging traditional interpretations of an important burial mound at the site of the pre-Columbian city.

For years, scientists have believed a central feature of the burial mound, a plot known as the "beaded burial", was a monument to male power. The new study however, offers evidence that the plot actually contained both males and females of high status.

The findings have the potential to drastically change interpretations of Cahokia, showing that it was a nuanced nobility divided along class lines; one where women could have a rank as well as men.

It's a conclusion which adds to the increasingly complex picture of the inhabitants of the ancient city.

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