Cahokia Mounds

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Cahokia Mounds,

approximately 85 surviving Native American earthworks, most in Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, SW Ill., near East St. Louis; largest group of mounds N of Mexico. Monks' Mound, a rectangular, flat-topped earthwork, 100 ft (30.5 m) high with a more than 14-acre (5.7-hectare) base, is named for Trappist monks who settled there in the early 19th cent. It is the largest surviving earthen mound in the Americas. Evidence of an extensive stockade and other wood structures also has been found. The earliest known settlement in the area dates to c. A.D. 700. The Mississippiean people who constructed the mounds were village dwellers who lived in a fertile river-bottom area; their culture arose about 100 years later. They flourished from 11th to 14th cent.; the population of the area at its height ranged from 10,000 to 20,000. The mounds are a national historic landmark.
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While the Cahokia Mounds stand to silently refute stereotypical views of pre-Columbian North America--that it was barely populated and had no dense settlements, grand architecture, or "advanced civilizations"--another nearby site, Ferguson, Missouri, exposes a different set of repressions and conjures other acts of historical violence, both physical and social.
A visit to Cahokia Mounds, site of a large pre-Colonial civilization, will include a look at how native Americans acted as stewards of bottom lands and nearby prairies.
* I went down to Cahokia Mounds over the weekend as a mini-getaway and it is definitely not what I remember.
As many as 20,000 people -- double that if surrounding communities were included -- lived about a thousand years ago in the elaborate planned city that now is part of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
As many as 20,000 people lived about 1,000 years ago in the elaborately planned city that is now the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, east of St.
* Susan Sarkauskas won for historical feature for a piece she did on Cahokia Mounds, which 1,000 years ago was the largest city in what would become the United States.
Louis and burn off energy at the end of their class field trip to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site attracts about 300,000 visitors annually.
It is the largest pre-Columbian, earthen structure in all of North and South America, said Bill Iseminger, the assistant site manager who has worked at Cahokia Mounds since 1971.
To learn more about the early American Natives the group took a field trip to the State Museum and Cahokia Mounds State Park.
Cahokia Mounds: A thousand years ago, it was a thriving city.