A group of Italian archaeologists recently kicked off another year of historical investigation at Cahokia Mounds.
For the past few weeks, a group from the University of Bologna in Italy was excavating a site west of Monks Mound.
“They’re focusing on an enclosure first located in the 1960s,” Assistant Site Manager Bill Iseminger. “It had bastions along it, a series of round and rectangular enclosures.”
Not the dig itself, but that it’s by Italians. Many years ago I wondered why it was that American archaeologists go all over the world — including Europe — to do archaeology, but at the time I’d never heard of anyone else coming here. At the time I more or less put it down to the utter banality of North American archaeology, which was thought of as generally late and not terribly exciting: no big (i.e., obvious) temples, no really old stuff, etc. This is really only the second time I’ve heard of something like this, maybe even the first if I’m remembering this same bunch.