Italian Archaeological Research in Cahokia, Illinois
A lecture by Professor Davide Domenici, University of Bologna
April 10th at 6pm
Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450
Since 2011, an Italian research project has been underway at the Cahokia Mounds site along the Mississippi River, one of the largest and most important archaeological sites in the United States, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The project was organized by the Department of History of Cultural Civilizations at the University of Bologna, in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, thanks also to the institutional and financial support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The Italian research at Cahokia focuses on the excavation of one of the central areas that served as the capital of the most important and complex indigenous political entity north of Mexico. The investigations currently underway document the entire sequence of occupation of the site, contributing to shining light on the dynamics that gave birth to the unique and only indigenous city in precolonial North America.
Davide Domenici is an anthrolopologist who teaches Art and Culture of Indigenous America and the Indigenous Civilizations of the Americas at the University of Bologna in the Department of the History. From 1999 to 2010, he led the Archaeological Project Río La Venta (Mexico, 1999-2010) and since 2011, he has been leading the Cahokia Project. Both projects have benefitted from the institutional and financial support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. His historical-archaeological research in Mexico and the US focuses on the relationship between settlements and their political organizations, the history of nutrition and techniques used in indigenous painting.