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Did a large flood doom the city of Cahokia ?


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Posted 01 November 2013 - 02:13 PM

New research has suggested that a flood may have brought about the demise of the ancient American city.

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Cahokia has been the subject of much study due to its mysterious decline just 300 years after it sprang in to existence on a Mississippi flood plain. What happened to the city and its inhabitants has never been fully understood, but now a new research effort may finally be able to shed some light on it.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 01:38 AM

Very cool. I have always wanted to visit the site from my home state. No one seems to know about it...sadly.


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 06:12 PM

It would seem a good reason for the city to disperse, but wouldn't someone know of it instead of nobody knowing what happened?


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:33 AM

Indian legend in Oklahoma "A wave that reached the sky came out of the North and swept over the land". Perhaps there were very few survivors and went down as lore in obscurity. In the southwest was a similar legend that only two survivors made it to the top of the tallest hill in the region near the four corners area known as Ship Rock in New Mexico. Around 12,000 years ago water swept over the lands of the whole earth similar stories from all over the globe. The lands of China was flooded for nearly 50 years before the water subsided. Netherlands > two survivors in a cave. All ancient lore obscure. Ya think this might be why ancient technology was wiped out? I think so.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 03:37 PM

Next to the Mississippi gives a flood some legitimacy.

The other thought is that the area was just worn out.   Deforestation, overhunting and too much waste making it unhealthy to stay there.    There certainly is allot we don't know.   What happened to a city of 20,000 - 40,000?   Where did they settle?  
What other "tribes"  have Cahokian traditions?   It appears that sacrifice was prevelent with the Cahokia people.  


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:33 PM

View Postcerberusxp, on 06 November 2013 - 01:33 AM, said:

Indian legend in Oklahoma "A wave that reached the sky came out of the North and swept over the land". Perhaps there were very few survivors and went down as lore in obscurity. In the southwest was a similar legend that only two survivors made it to the top of the tallest hill in the region near the four corners area known as Ship Rock in New Mexico. Around 12,000 years ago water swept over the lands of the whole earth similar stories from all over the globe. The lands of China was flooded for nearly 50 years before the water subsided. Netherlands > two survivors in a cave. All ancient lore obscure. Ya think this might be why ancient technology was wiped out? I think so.

It was actually a lot of localized glacier lake flooding, Lake Hudson washed down the East Coast as far as Virginia (Donofrio and Cresson) Lake Iroquois created the Mississippi River, then Lake Missoula washed the Northwestern Plains. But nothing reached the Southwest. Missoula made a hard turn into the Pacific in Northern California.
The Shiprock Legend belonged to the Dene', who actually didn't come down into the Southwest until between 1100 and 1200 A.D. and that was because of a volcanic eruption in Alaska a few centuries earlier. ( just woke up and having my coffee so I'm actually guessing without my books in front of me, so my dates might be skewered)

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:48 PM

View PostPiney, on 19 November 2013 - 12:33 PM, said:

Lake Iroquois created the Mississippi River, then Lake Missoula washed the Northwestern Plains.

Interesting.   I didn't realize the Mississippi was created by Lake Iroquois.    I thought it was Glacier created.





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