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Mississippian
700 BP -- 1000 BP

About 1,000 years ago a powerful new culture that we call "Mississippian" appeared in the lower Mississippi Valley. Its largest center was a city known to archaeologists as "Cahokia," where East St. Louis now stands. People and ideas traveled up the river, bringing the cultivation of corn, beans, and squash and the custom of building stockaded villages. Shown here is a Mississippian style pot and a hoe made from a buffalo bone. Both were found near Red Wing, where the Mississippian influence was especially strong.

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