WATTLE AND DAUB
Students from South Tech High School
built housing structures from the Mississippian period
under the direction of archeologists
at a temporary installation at Laumeier Park
in St. Louis County.
Wattle and daub is the method of construction
used by native nations, especially in the
Cahokia Mounds just east of St. Louis.
This composite building material was a common
technique, made with a lattice of branches and slats,
woven and then covered (daubed) with a mix of
wet soil, clay, limestone, and sometimes animal dung,
covered with thick straw roofs.
This is a building technique still widely used
in developing nations, worldwide.