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  • Researchers find evidence of ritual use of 'black drink' at Cahokia

    The pre-Columbian settlement at Cahokia was the largest city in North America north of Mexico, with as many as 50,000 people living there at its peak. The people of Cahokia built huge mounds that towered over the surrounding landscape. Although short-lived at Cahokia, the mound-building idea continued for centuries in other parts of the U.S.

    The pre-Columbian settlement at Cahokia was the largest city in North America north of Mexico, with as many as 50,000 people living there at its peak. The people of Cahokia built huge mounds that towered over the surrounding landscape. Although short-lived at Cahokia, the mound-building idea continued for centuries in other parts of the U.S.

    Painting by Lloyd K. Townsend. Courtesy of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Illinois

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  • Editor's note: To reach Thomas Emerson, call 217-244-7476; email teee@illinois.edu.

    The paper, “Ritual Black Drink Consumption at Cahokia,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.