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CAHOKIA: Ancient America’s greatest city; Tank Baird; Sun Gazette

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In the sleepy farming community of Cahokia, situated on the Illinois side of the Mississippi it had been a quiet night. In the predawn, villagers were moving about, rekindling cooking fires and preparing to begin their day. But what would happen next would change the course of the ancient heartland forever. It was July 4, 1054 AD.

Source: CAHOKIA: Ancient America’s greatest city

This American Indian metropolis was mysteriously abandoned. Archaeologists want to know why; National Geographic

Photo: Ira Block

Cahokia was a robust economic and cultural center for the Mississippian people. They built hundreds of massive mounds but suddenly left the city in the 1300s.

Source: This American Indian metropolis was mysteriously abandoned. Archaeologists want to know why.

Cahokia Mounds a window into past; Kevin Koch; Telegraph Herald

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From the platform top of Monks Mound, Kevin Koch can see 7 miles across the Mississippi River to the St. Louis Gateway Arch. You might say he’s seeing 900 years into the future.

Source: Koch: Cahokia Mounds a window into past

In the ancient Mississippian settlement, vast social events were the founding principle; The Frontier Post

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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.

Source: In the ancient Mississippian settlement, vast social events were the founding principle – The Frontier Post

The US’ lost, ancient megacity; Jen Rose Smith; BBC

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.

Source: Discover an ancient civilization without leaving Illinois: Cahokia site has reopened with its mysterious ‘mounds’ and a view of St. Louis

The Lost City of Cahokia; Kaushik; Amusing Planet

USA – Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

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How White Settlers Buried the Truth About the Midwest’s Mysterious Mounds; Sarah E Baires; Zócalo Public Square

USA – Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

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.

Source: How White Settlers Buried the Truth About the Midwest’s Mysterious Mounds | Essay | Zócalo Public Square

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