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Spotlight Returns to Cahokia Artifact Research

The journal Science highlights Northwestern research on the Cahokia Mounds

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January 5, 2012 | by Erin White
produced by Erin White

Northwestern University researchers made headlines in the summer of 2011 with their paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science on the analysis of copper artifacts from Cahokia, a Native American settlement in southwestern Illinois from 700 until 1400 A.D. The excavation of Cahokia and the Northwestern copper artifact research is making news again, this time in a magazine article published by the journal Science.

Read the article "America's Lost City" from the Dec. 23, 2011 News Focus section of Science magazine and take a look back at the story behind the research paper by David Dunand, the James N. and Margie M. Krebs Professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Matt Chastain, a Northwestern undergraduate at the time of the study, Alix Deymier-Black, a graduate student in the materials science and engineering department, James Brown, professor of anthropology at Northwestern Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and John E. Kelly, professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.

The journal Science magazine article: America's Lost City

Northwestern NewsCenter article: Science Explains Ancient Copper Artifacts