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  • Cahokia's rise parallels onset of corn agriculture

    Two Indian corn plants standing in the sun.

    Corn cultivation began in the vicinity of the city of Cahokia between A.D. 900 and 1000, researchers report in a new study. Its arrival may have contributed to the abrupt rise of this ancient metropolis in and around present-day St. Louis.

    Graphic by Diana Yates


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    The paper “Isotopic confirmation of the timing and intensity of maize consumption in Greater Cahokia” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.
    DOI: 10.1017/aaq.2020.7