Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Collinsville, Illinois

9 panoramas; 6 detail screens; photographed on December 22, 2012


A thousand years ago, centuries before Columbus’ voyage, a city of over 10,000 people sprang up just a few miles east of present day St Louis, Missouri. Today, a set of massive grassy mounds and a wealth of artifacts pay tribute to the culture that once thrived there. The centerpiece of the community, Monks Mound, is the largest man-made earthen structure in North America. A set of astronomical calendars, nicknamed “Woodhenge”, have also been uncovered at the site. In addition to being an Illinois State Historic Site, Cahokia Mounds has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You can use the navigation buttons in the lower left corner of the panorama window above to look to the left and right, up and down, and to zoom in and out. If you prefer, you can also look around by moving the mouse with the left button held down, and you can use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out. When you are ready, click on one of the hot links to move to the next panorama or to read one of the many informative signs. If you have trouble finding the hot links, the “Guide” button can be used to reveal them. The successive panoramas allow you to stroll from the visitor center to the top of massive Monks Mound. For the best visual experience, click on the “Full Screen” button.

More information on Cahokia can be found through the following links:

Another excellent reference is Charles Mann’s fascinating book “1491”, published by Vintage Books.


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