- Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Paul Mickey Science Series Presented by Dr. Duane Esarey, Assistant Director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey
The history of the Mississippian people of Illinois has been understandably dominated by the story of "Greater Cahokia" - a giant three-part metropolitan area that arose near St. Louis starting around 950 AD. With the 300 year history of the southwestern Illinois Cahokian metropolis becoming well known, more attention is shifting to central Illinois in the time before, during, and after Cahokia. These are exciting times. Seven institutions are currently working out the 500-year-long Mississippian history of Central Illinois, providing information on twenty-one prehistoric towns in the mid-state.