Please join us at the Embassy of Italy for a talk by professor Davide Domenici about the Cahokia Project. Since 2011, an Italian research project has been underway at Cahokia, IL, 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 and Cultures 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 of the ancient Mississippian capital. 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 pre-colonial North America.
Embassy of Italy - Auditorium
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Washington, DC 20008
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Davide Domenici is an anthropologist who teaches Art and Culture of Indigenous America and Indigenous Civilizations of the Americas at the University of Bologna (Italy) in the Department of History and Cultures. 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 and archaeological research in Mexico and the US focuses on the relationship between settlements patterns and political organization, on the history of food practices and on ancient painting technologies studied through non-destructive chemical analyses of pictorial manuscripts.