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    thought. I live a few miles from the Cahokia Mounds. I bet you never heard of the place. At its height it was a larger city than Paris or London. Even to this day people can't wrap their minds around the shit they had going on. Oh it all happened in rural southern Illinois.

    Wikipedia has a good entry here:

    Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (pron.: kəˈhoʊkiə) (11 MS 2)[2] is located on the site of an ancient Native American city (c. 600–1400 CE) situated directly across the Mississippi River from modern St. Louis, Missouri. This historic park lies in Southern Illinois between East St. Louis and Collinsville.[3] The park covers 2,200 acres (890 ha), or about 3.5 square miles, and contains about 80 mounds, but the ancient city was actually much larger. In its heyday, Cahokia covered about 6 square miles and included about 120 man-made earthen mounds in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and functions.[4]

    Cahokia was the largest and most influential urban settlement in the Mississippian culture which developed advanced societies across much of what is now the Southeastern United States, beginning more than 500 years before European contact.[5] Cahokia's population at its peak in the 1200s was as large as, or larger than, any European city of that time, and its ancient population would not be surpassed by any city in the United States until about the year 1800. Today, Cahokia Mounds is considered the largest and most complex archaeological site north of the great Pre-Columbian cities in Mexico.

    They had their own Stonehenge, but made out of wood. They traded with out other tribes as far away as current day Maine and Louisiana.

    Some of their structures, although not made out of stone were the size of the Great Pyramids. Larger even in sheer mass.

    Nobody know what happened to the folks. They just kind of dropped off of the face of the earth. But I try to go the site a few times a year cause it makes you ponder.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 04:37:29 AM PDT

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    •  Hey webranding, as an Illinois native/resident ... (6+ / 0-)

      . . . I am amazed at the Cahokia site, as well as all the other Mississippian sites in the Midwest. Just like the other Native American cultures (including those in Central and South America) the Mississippians were far more "advanced" than what we recorded in the early American history books. I haven't been down in that area for a long time (went in high school years) so it may be a fun summer road trip this year.

      Thanks for reminding me about it. {sudden sense of renewed purpose} I need to make a swing south this summer!

      - Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.
      - Frank Zappa

      by rudyblues on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 04:51:49 AM PDT

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