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Cahokia Mounds, IL - Native American site from 600 AD

Cahokia Mounds is considered the largest and most complex archaeological site north of the great pre-Columbian cities in Mexico; Monk's Mound, 10 stories high, is the largest man-made earthen mound north of Mexico

Cahokia Mounds is considered the largest and most complex archaeological site north of the great pre-Columbian cities in Mexico; Monk's Mound, 10 stories high, is the largest man-made earthen mound north of Mexico

Cahokia Mounds is the site of a pre-Columbian Native American city (which existed c. 1050–1350 AD) directly across the Mississippi River from modern St. Louis

Cahokia Mounds is the site of a pre-Columbian Native American city (which existed c. 1050–1350 AD) directly across the Mississippi River from modern St. Louis

The Birdman Tablet was found around Monk's Mound and dates to roughly 1300AD; this striking image has been adopted as the logo of Cahokia Mounds

The Birdman Tablet was found around Monk's Mound and dates to roughly 1300AD; this striking image has been adopted as the logo of Cahokia Mounds

St. Louis, as seen from the top of Monk's Mound, was named for Louis IX of France by fur traders; the metro area has 2.8 million residents while the city of St. Louis has just 300,000

St. Louis, as seen from the top of Monk's Mound, was named for Louis IX of France by fur traders; the metro area has 2.8 million residents while the city of St. Louis has just 300,000

There are lots of burrow pits on the site with these areas being the source for dirt composing the mounds; Cahokia is one of just 24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the US

There are lots of burrow pits on the site with these areas being the source for dirt composing the mounds; Cahokia is one of just 24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the US

Small excavations are still underway next to Monk's Mound; thousands of workers over decades moved more than an estimated 55 million cubic feet of earth in woven baskets to create this network of mounds

Small excavations are still underway next to Monk's Mound; thousands of workers over decades moved more than an estimated 55 million cubic feet of earth in woven baskets to create this network of mounds

The Cahokia Woodhenge was a series of large timber circles located roughly 850 m to the west of Monks Mound; they are thought to have been constructed between 900 and 1100 AD, with each one being larger and having 12 more posts than its predecessor

The Cahokia Woodhenge was a series of large timber circles located roughly 850 m to the west of Monks Mound; they are thought to have been constructed between 900 and 1100 AD, with each one being larger and having 12 more posts than its predecessor

Woodhenge was discovered during construction of nearby Interstate 55; no telling what lies beneath the ugly business behind Woodhenge

Woodhenge was discovered during construction of nearby Interstate 55; no telling what lies beneath the ugly business behind Woodhenge

The visitor's center had few artifacts unearthed here but mainly described the civilization; Cahokia was the largest and most influential urban settlement of the Mississippian culture beginning 1,000  years before European contact

The visitor's center had few artifacts unearthed here but mainly described the civilization; Cahokia was the largest and most influential urban settlement of the Mississippian culture beginning 1,000+ years before European contact

There are 80  mounds here which look so odd on the flat plains; at the apex of its population, Cahokia may have briefly exceeded contemporaneous London, which at that time was approximately 14,000–18,000

There are 80+ mounds here which look so odd on the flat plains; at the apex of its population, Cahokia may have briefly exceeded contemporaneous London, which at that time was approximately 14,000–18,000

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