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  • Exhibit on Cahokia religion at Spurlock Museum

    Face of an ancient female figurine.

    The Birger Figurine wears a skirt with a rolled waist or belt. It was created sometime between 1100-1200 A.D. Her left hand rests on the head of a great mythical serpent, while her right hand tills the back of the creature with a hoe. Cahokia female flint clay figurines represent underworld religious themes: regeneration, world renewal and fertility. 

    Photo provided by the Illinois State Archaeological Survey.

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