Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, once the home of one of the great cities of medieval times, is now a grassy oasis in a gritty industrial neighborhood in Metro East.
This American Indian metropolis was mysteriously abandoned. Archaeologists want to know why; National Geographic
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.
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.
In the ancient Mississippian settlement, vast social events were the founding principle; The Frontier Post
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.
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.