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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

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A sophisticated Native American society of about 20,000 people that operated via a sun calendar and disappeared by 1400.
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30 Ramey Dr, Collinsville, IL 62234-7617
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We came here one afternoon, almost as an afterthought, having spent the morning at the nearby Lewis & Clark site, and were blown away by our experience here. A lot of thought has gone into this making this place, which on initial viewing might just appear to be a bunch of small
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If you’re into native archeological sites, this would be good for you. Several items in the museum. Would be good exercise to walk/hike among the mounds.
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Response from cahokiamounds, Public Relations Manager at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks for your review. As you mentioned we are primarily an archaeological site with a world-class museum with lots of artifacts, dioramas, graphics, orientation show, and several interpretive and hiking trails. So, lots to see and do and we have a lot of special events throughout the year.
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This is a great 1/2 day visit if you are staying in downtown St. Louis. Here are a few helpful things to know: 1. THIS IS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE- that’s a pretty big deal folks! 2. It’s about 20 minutes across the river in Illinois’s. 3. The mounds are still very visible
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Response from cahokiamounds, Public Relations Manager at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thanks for your great review of the site and listing all the high points of your visit, as well as sharing your experience with others who will be coming here. And thanks for encouraging people to make a donation and visit the gift shop, all those funds help to support all the activities and programs at the site.(which can be found listed on our web site)
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The outdoor site is interesting if you are in the area. There is not much info on the cahokians and so the museum info is all conjecture.
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Response from cahokiamounds, Public Relations Manager at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Responded 3 weeks ago
We are glad you enjoyed the walk on the grounds and up Monks Mound but are surprised about your comment that there is not much information on the Cahokians. Obviously, there is a little conjecture about certain aspects of the culture since the site was abandoned by 1350 and they were not around when Europeans arrived, but the information presented in the exhibits is based on over a hundred different excavations that have taken place at the site over the years as well as comparative studies from other sites of the Mississippian culture, of which they were a part as well as how later American Indians and their customs were documented by early explorers, historians, ethnologists and anthropologists. Not all archaeologists agree on some of the interpretations, but in the exhibits we have tried to reach the middle ground of the interpretations and present a balanced overview of this great culture.
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Cahokia is the largest preserved Mississippian Native city in the country. There is a lot of history here that you would never expect to find this close to a major city (about 10-15 minutes outside of downtown St. Louis). The views from the top of the largest mound are amazing;
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Response from cahokiamounds, Public Relations Manager at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Responded Nov 26, 2019
Thanks for you great review, we appreciate your sharing your experience with others--word of mouth is always our best advertisement. Adults probably do get more out of our exhibit than children, but those that are interested in these kinds of things do seem to enjoy it. We do get thousands of school children here on field trips, and some teachers actually make it a learning experience, but the ones that come with families seem to get more out of it. We do have a few interactive exhibits. If nothing else, they like walking through the replicated village diorama and climbing to the top of 100 foot high Monks Mound. Hope to see you back some time!
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