Illinois State Archaeological Survey http://wuis.org en Raise A Cup To The "Black Drink" http://wuis.org/post/raise-cup-black-drink <p>Imagine a caffeinated concoction that, when ingested, resulted in bouts of vomiting.&nbsp; You might prefer to stick with your gourmet coffee.</p><p>But the "Black Drink" as it is known was part of a ritual. The vomiting was done for purity.&nbsp; It turns out, early societies imbibed.&nbsp; Even the <a href="http://cahokiamounds.org/">Cahokia</a> civilization about 1000 years ago.&nbsp; That's roughly 500 years earlier than records of consumption elsewhere.&nbsp; Research has found residue in ceremonial cups that confirm the Black Drink was used at Cahokia.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 24800 at http://wuis.org Raise A Cup To The "Black Drink" The Piasa: Bird Imagery Is Just A Myth http://wuis.org/post/piasa-bird-imagery-just-myth <p>The legend of the Piasa &quot;bird&quot; goes back to the 1600&#39;s, when Marquette and Joliet saw a large painting near the Mississippi River where Alton is now located.&nbsp; But what has been passed down through the years is different than what the original artwork was meant to convey.<br /> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:52:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 10226 at http://wuis.org The Piasa: Bird Imagery Is Just A Myth