CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) — Archaeologists have been digging in Cahokia in southwest Illinois in hopes of turning up more information on the interaction between Native Americans and European settlers.

The researchers have been excavating an area around the old Holy Family log church. European missionaries established a base there in the early 1700s in the middle of a village home to the Tamaroa and Cahokia tribes.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports ( that researchers want to learn more about the generation of interaction that took place between different cultures.

Robert Mazrim is a historical resources specialist with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey’s Colonial Heritage Program.

He says the dig team has turned up evidence of the European settlement, including part of a British tea cup, and was beginning to see signs of the Indian presence.

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