Comments on: ■ Density in the pre-Columbian United States: A look at Cahokia https://persquaremile.com/2011/02/08/density-in-the-pre-columbian-united-states-a-look-at-cahokia/ Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:30:43 +0000 hourly 1 By: Green Knight https://persquaremile.com/2011/02/08/density-in-the-pre-columbian-united-states-a-look-at-cahokia/#comment-4166 Fri, 23 Dec 2011 21:24:25 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=659#comment-4166 Hiking to the top of Monks Mound on a hot, humid day is rather challenging, but the view is cool. Some of my students replaced the railroad-tie stairs some years back, and found all sorts of old Colonial and Civil War-era stuff (buttons and things). The most interesting thing about Mississippian culture was its trade ties to the Maya.

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By: Tim De Chant https://persquaremile.com/2011/02/08/density-in-the-pre-columbian-united-states-a-look-at-cahokia/#comment-4165 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:03:54 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=659#comment-4165 That’s true, but I was talking about American in the an even more limited sense (what some people call “USian”, though that doesn’t quite roll off the tongue). There were plenty of large South American cities (with all deference to your work).

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By: Andy https://persquaremile.com/2011/02/08/density-in-the-pre-columbian-united-states-a-look-at-cahokia/#comment-4164 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 06:35:46 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=659#comment-4164 *cough* North American City *cough*

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By: Weekly Linkfest - Edition 17 Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. https://persquaremile.com/2011/02/08/density-in-the-pre-columbian-united-states-a-look-at-cahokia/#comment-4163 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 18:41:09 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=659#comment-4163 […] Density in the pre-Columbian United States: A look at Cahokia. […]

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By: Paul Lamb https://persquaremile.com/2011/02/08/density-in-the-pre-columbian-united-states-a-look-at-cahokia/#comment-4162 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:25:26 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=659#comment-4162 Dammit! I grew up in St. Louis and didn’t move away until I was in my 30s, yet I never once visited Cahokia. Fool that I was.

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By: re:place Magazine https://persquaremile.com/2011/02/08/density-in-the-pre-columbian-united-states-a-look-at-cahokia/#comment-4161 Sat, 12 Feb 2011 18:41:46 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=659#comment-4161 […] Density in the pre-Columbian United States: A look at Cahokia [Per Square Mile] Can China Avoid Getting Stuck in Traffic? [Miller-McCune] 10 Best Cities for […]

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By: Tim De Chant https://persquaremile.com/2011/02/08/density-in-the-pre-columbian-united-states-a-look-at-cahokia/#comment-4160 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 19:14:43 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=659#comment-4160 Archaeologists often list the “downtown” of Cahokia as Monks Mound, the largest mound in the settlement. More mounds and plazas occupied the space between housing clusters. Those areas are not included in the housing cluster density calculations (5,600 to 5,800 people per square mile), but I did include them when estimating the density of the entire settlement (1,000 to 1,500 people per square mile) as I think it captures more of what the place felt like.

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By: Mike https://persquaremile.com/2011/02/08/density-in-the-pre-columbian-united-states-a-look-at-cahokia/#comment-4159 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 19:09:05 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=659#comment-4159 Not only have I heard of Cahokia, but I went to college there (although the college’s operations moved over to Saint Louis a few years ago). I knew the town had some historical significance, but not to this extent. I’m a bit curious about the actual geographic size of the town, however. My school was near the historical center of town, but the Cahokia Mounds are about 7 miles north, beyond East St. Louis. If the supposed diameter of the town proper was only 2 miles, what was between “downtown” and the mounds? More mounds? Other settlements? Hunting grounds? Does that area get included in the density calculation?

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By: Tim De Chant https://persquaremile.com/2011/02/08/density-in-the-pre-columbian-united-states-a-look-at-cahokia/#comment-4158 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 17:17:51 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=659#comment-4158 Maybe by today’s standards, but the sentiment I got from reading the chapter and some other background material is that this was city-level back in those days. And you’re right, it may not be the largest historical city you haven’t heard of, but it’s probably the largest historical American city you’ve never heard of. (Updated the lede to reflect that.)

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By: Neil https://persquaremile.com/2011/02/08/density-in-the-pre-columbian-united-states-a-look-at-cahokia/#comment-4157 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 17:11:45 +0000 https://persquaremile.com/?p=659#comment-4157 10-15k? City? Come on…it’s a large settlement, but hardly a city.

There are loads of bigger places a lot longer ago that I haven’t heard of:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_urban_community_sizes

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