St. Louis is not the only American city that sits atop the ruins of an earlier civilization. This week we take our audience down the Mississippi River to another such location in Welcome to Chucalissa, the latest video feature on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel.
Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the Chucalissa prehistoric site represents the widespread Mississippian Culture. Founded initially around A.D. 1000, Chucalissa village reached its peak around 1500 with the construction of large platform mounds around a central plaza. Part of a complex society and supported by farming and natural foods, the Native American people of this site traded throughout much of the Midwest and South. Since its rediscovery in 1940, the site has become an education center for the University of Memphis through the C. H. Nash Museum.
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