University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Timothy R Pauketat

Professor of Medieval Studies

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    Department of Anthropology
    123 Davenport Hall
    607 S Mathews Ave.
    M/C 148
    Urbana, IL 61801
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  • Pauketat, Timothy R. Cahokia: Ancient America’s Great City on the Mississippi. New York: Viking-Penguin, 2009.
  • Pauketat, Timothy R. Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions. Lanham, Maryland: AltaMira Press, 2007.
  • North American Archaeology. Ed. Timothy R. Pauketat and Diana D. Loren. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.
  • Ancient Cahokia and the Mississippians. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • The Archaeology of Traditions: Agency and History Before and After Columbus. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001.
  • Cahokia: Domination and Ideology in the Mississippian World. Comp. Thomas E. Emerson. Ed. Timothy R. Pauketat. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1997.
  • The Ascent of Chiefs: Cahokia and Mississippian Politics in Native North America. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1994.
  • Lords of the Southeast: Social Inequality and the Native Elites of Southeastern North America. Comp. Timothy R. Pauketat. Ed. Alex W. Barker. Washington, DC: American Anthropological Association, 1992.

Book Contributions

  • Pauketat, Timothy R., and Lynn Meskell. "Changing Theoretical Directions in American Archaeology ." Voices in American Archaeology. Ed. Wendy Ashmore, Dorothy Lippert, and Barbara Mills. Washington, DC: Society for American Archaeology Press, 2010.
  • "Wars, Rumors of Wars, and the Production of Violence." Warfare in Cultural Context: Practice, Agency and the Archaeology of Violence. Ed. Axel Nielsen and William Walker. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2009.
  • Pauketat, Timothy R. "Of Leaders and Legacies in Native North America." The Evolution of Leadership and Complexity. Ed. John Kantner, Kevin Vaughn, and Jelmer Eerkins. Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research Press, 2009.
  • Pauketat, Timothy R. "The Missing Persons in Mississippian Mortuaries." Mississippian Mortuary Practices: Beyond Hierarchy and the Representationist Perspective. Ed. Lynn P. Sullivan and Robert C. Mainfort. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2009.
  • Pauketat, Timothy R. "The Grounds for Agency in Southwestern Archaeology." The Social Construction of Communities: Agency, Structure, and Identity in the Prehispanic Southwest. Comp. James M. Potter. Ed. Mark D. Varien. Walnut Canyon, California: AltaMira Press, 2008. 233-249.
  • Pauketat, Timothy R. "Founders’ Cults and the Archaeology of Wa-kan-da." Memory Work: The Archaeologies of Material Practice. Ed. Barbara J. Mills. Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research Press, 2008. 61-80.
  • Emerson, Thomas E., Timothy R. Pauketat, and Susan M. Alt. "Locating American Indian Religion at Cahokia and Beyond ." Religion, Archaeology, and the Material World. Ed. Lars Fogeliln. Carbondale: Center for Archaeological Investigations, Occasional Paper No. 36, 2008. 216-236.
  • Emerson, Thomas E., and Timothy R. Pauketat. "Historical-Processual Archaeology and Culture Making: Unpacking the Southern Cult and Mississippian Religion." Belief in the Past: Theoretical Approaches to the Archaeology of Religion. Comp. Kelley Hays-Gilpin. Ed. David S. Whitley. Walnut Canyon, California: AltaMira Press, 2007. 167-188.
  • Pauketat, Timothy R., and Susan M. Alt. "Sex and the Southern Cult ." The Southeastern Ceremonial Complex. Ed. Adam King. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2007. 232-250.

Journal Articles

  • Benson, Larry, Timothy R. Pauketat, and Edwin Cook. "Cahokia’s Boom and Bust in the Context of Climate Change ." American Antiquity 74 (2009): 467-483.
  • "My Delusions." The Native South 1 (2009): 170-179.
  • Pauketat, Timothy R., and Thomas E. Emerson. "Star Performances and Cosmic Clutter ." Cambridge Archaeological Journal 18 (2008): 78-85.
  • Norris, F. T., and Timothy R. Pauketat. "Pre-Columbian Map of the Mississippi? ." Southeastern Archaeology 27 (2008): 78-92.
  • Sullivan, Lynne P., and Timothy R. Pauketat. "Cahokia’s Mound 31: A Short-Term Construction at a Long-Term Site ." Southeastern Archaeology 26 (2008): 12-31.