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Wide Urban World: Cahokia, Native American Urban Center on the Mississippi

Wide Urban World: Cahokia, Native American Urban Center on the Mississippi | Cahokia | Scoop.it

"Wide Urban World" is a blog about cities as viewed from a broad historical and comparative perspective. As Winston Churchill said, "The farther back we look, the farther ahead we can see."

The Mississippian center of Cahokia, in Illinois across the Mississippi from St. Louis, is one of the great cities of the ancient world. I have a special reason for discussing Cahokia now: there is a challenge taking place to raise funds to help preserve the site. 

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Michael E. Smith is an archaeologist who pens the blog, Wide Urban World, one post in particular is about Cahokia, Native American Urban Center on the Mississippi. Smith wrote about the “This Place Matters Community Challenge,” a contest to raise funds to better preserve the site from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Smith then goes on to list reasons why people should raise the money through the pictures he posted to his blog explaining the richness of the history that requires conservation.

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Cahokia Mounds | Explore | Mound 72

Cahokia Mounds | Explore | Mound 72 | Cahokia | Scoop.it
The remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Within the 2,200-acre tract, located a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois, lie the archaeological remnants of the central section of the ancient settlement that is today known as Cahokia. Cahokia Mounds has been recognized as a U. S. National Historic Landmark, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in 1982, designated Cahokia Mounds a World Heritage Site for its importance to our understanding of the prehistory of North America. Cahokia Mounds is managed by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
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Melvin Fowler created The Cahokia Atlas: A Historical Atlas of Cahokia Archaeology, in relation to excavations of the 80, or more mounds found. Mound 72, in specific, uncovered burials, which if counted averaged to more than 250 skeletons, all in various conditions of salvation. Using the evidence at the mound site, social distinctions are perceived to be evident in Cahokia.

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Efforts Underway To Enhance National Designation Of Cahokia Mounds - St. Louis Public Radio

Efforts Underway To Enhance National Designation Of Cahokia Mounds - St. Louis Public Radio | Cahokia | Scoop.it

"Cahokia Mounds near Collinsville, contains mounds constructed by an ancient Mississippian people. Recent archeological discoveries made as a result of construction...have highlighted the people who used to inhabit the area."

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This news article from St. Louis Public Radio, highlights the issue surrounding discussion to gain a more national designation for Monks Mound, and the other 80 or so mounds in Cahokia. Ed Weilbacher, team leader of  Mounds Initiative at the Heartlands Conservancy, is trying to increase recognition of a society that is not given enough elevation in stature. 

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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site - UNESCO World Heritage Centre | Cahokia | Scoop.it

"UNESCO World Heritage Centre" Cahokia Mounds, some 13 km north-east of St Louis, Missouri, is the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico. It was occupied primarily during the Mississippian period (800–1400), when it covered nearly 1,600 ha and included some 120 mounds. It is a striking example of a complex chiefdom society, with many satellite mound centres and numerous outlying hamlets and villages. This agricultural society may have had a population of 10–20,000 at its peak between 1050 and 1150. Primary features at the site include Monks Mound, the largest prehistoric earthwork in the Americas, covering over 5 ha and standing 30 m high.

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The UNESCO, in relation to the World Heritage Convention has a site dedicated to the Cahokia Mounds. The site has information about the largest and earliest of the pre-Columbian settlement that was north of Mexico; history is provided through the talking of pre-urban society, the multitudes of architecture of excavation, and the information of the people of Cahokia. The site comes with maps, descriptions, documents, videos and a gallery of pictures about the fascinating chiefdom of Cahokia.

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Cahokia: America’s Lost City - National Geographic Magazine

Cahokia: America’s Lost City - National Geographic Magazine | Cahokia | Scoop.it
Cahokia was born with a bang and died of unknown causes.
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Cahokia, a site of great history and artifacts, was largely ignored until the 1960s. Cahokia was finally recognized as more than a pile of earth, but as a phenomenon referred to as a “big bang,” in 1050. Glenn Hodges wrote an article for the National Geographic Magazine to talk about the story of the forgotten city, Cahokia, and the fact that it is a World Heritage site with a highway and billboards ruining the history it preserves.

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