Sunday Sit-Down Dinner – Cahokia Mounds

My husband and I celebrate our tenth anniversary this year and we decided to explore our home state of Illinois and nearby St. Louis.  Right here in Illinois is the largest archaeological site in North Amercia north of Mexico City:  Cahokia Mounds.

No one knows what happened to the more than 20,000 people who called Cahokia home.  They disappeared before European contact.  Were they destroyed by a plague?  Overuse of natural resources?  War?

The mounds look like little more than piles of dirt with plants covering them now, but when they were used as a city, they had buildings on top of them.  The largest mound in the center of the complex is ten storeys tall – built by hand, with dirt carried in baskets on the backs of workers.  On top of this mound stood a large structure, either a home of the leader or some kind of religious temple.  No one knows for sure.

I found the silence of the place chilling.  The winds don’t say where the people went.  The mystery is there, waiting, silent.  Not even the peoples who live there now know what made the Cahokians disappear into the mists of history.

4 thoughts on “Sunday Sit-Down Dinner – Cahokia Mounds

  1. Oh, wow! Sounds like a fascinating place to visit. Thank you for sharing!

    1. I’m really glad we went. It was an interesting place to hike around.

  2. Hi, visiting from the A-Z Road Trip, happy anniversary 🙂 I’ve never heard of Cahokia or the mounds, the link was interesting, thanks!

  3. annakindt says:

    Sounds like a fascinating trip, and one I’d like to make myself one day. I had heard of the Cahokia Mounds but didn’t know anything about it.

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