Pity the event planners tasked with managing Cahokia’s wildest parties. A thousand years ago, the Mississippian settlement – on a site near the modern US city of St Louis, Missouri – was renowned for bashes that went on for days. Throngs jostled for space on massive plazas.
In the ancient Mississippian settlement of Cahokia, vast social events – not trade or the economy – were the founding principle.
Source: The US’ lost, ancient megacity
Discover an ancient civilization without leaving Illinois: Cahokia site has reopened with its mysterious ‘mounds’ and a view of St. Louis; Jay Jones; Chicago Tribune
Cahokia Mounds is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and may become part of the National Park Service. It’s great for a short vacation in southern Illinois.
U.S. Representative Mike Bost has introduced legislation to make Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site a national park.
How White Settlers Buried the Truth About the Midwest’s Mysterious Mounds; Sarah E Baires; Zócalo Public Square
Around 1100 or 1200 A.D., the largest city north of Mexico was Cahokia, sitting in what is now southern Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Built around 1050 A.D. and occupied through 1400 A.D., Cahokia had a peak population of between 25,000 and 50,000 people.
Americans need not look too far to find evidence of their country’s own early history.
Preservation group promotes designating Cahokia Mounds as National Park site; Casey Bischel; Belleville News-Democrat
National landmark in Illinois celebrates the mound-building Cahokia culture; Steve Stephens; Columbus Dispatch
Forgetting modernity and entering an ancient world is easy, at least from ground level, at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. In its golden age around A.D. 1100, Cahokia was the center of a vast civilization and a city of some 20,000 residents – the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico and larger than London or Paris of the day.