Interactive new e-book explores Cahokia Mounds and the ancient
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[August 02, 2013]
COLLINSVILLE -- "Mark of the
Mississippians," the first in a three-volume interactive e-book
series about North America's past, is now available for iPad users.
Published by the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society, the book tells the
incredible story of a sophisticated Native American culture -- the
Mississippians -- that flourished for hundreds of years before
European contact and left an indelible mark on the America that
"Mark of the Mississippians" is available through
the iBookstore application or iTunes at
http://tinyurl.com/MarkOfTheMississippians. The price is $14.99.
Remnants of man-made earthen mounds still dot the Midwest and
Southeastern United States, but few realize these structures were
part of large ceremonial centers more than a millennium ago.
The interactive new book examines four key ceremonial centers:
Cahokia in Illinois, Moundville in Alabama, Etowah in Georgia and
Spiro in Oklahoma.
Dr. Elizabeth Schwartz gathered the museum resources and worked
with experts to compile the book.
"People are amazed to learn that Cahokia in Illinois was a
fortified city with a population of 10,000 to 20,000 in 1050 A.D.,"
Schwartz said. "Our real hope is that 'Mark of the Mississippians'
will become required reading in American history classes throughout
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Within the virtual pages, viewers can access over 60 videos
available for streaming.
Video interviews with leading archaeologists and scholars explain
what is known of these first peoples, and how we know it. They go on
to describe the latest theories and ongoing research, an engrossing
mystery, since the Mississippians left no written record.
Demonstrative illustrations, interactive galleries with historic
photos and timelines, 3-D graphics, and informative pop-ups also
broaden the reader's learning experience. Mississippian arrowhead
icons placed throughout the pages act as links to scholarly articles
The multimedia project, produced by Schwartz & Associates
Creative of St. Louis, began with a grant awarded to the Cahokia
Mound Museum Society by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]