October 19, 2010 § 6 Comments
Cool…as in “Cahokia.”
Last weekend, we visited the Mounds.
This is Monks Mound.
It is one of the Cahokia Mounds, found in Illinois, just east of the Mississippi and across from St. Louis.
It was built in 900 – 1200 by the Misssissippian tribe who carried backpack basket filled with dirt to heap, one atop the other, to create (build) the mound, a high and holy place. Assumedly, this one, the highest of the more than 50 mounds in the 30-acre area, was home and “reigning” place of the high chief of the tribe.
These are the stairs to the top of Monks Mound. It’s an easy climb. There are impactful views from the top.
Like this one.
It’s St. Louis in the (rather smoggy) distance.
The “cool” of the place is the mystery that surrounds it.
Yes, some things have been discovered as a result of intense archaeological efforts.
But overall, the Mississippians were not writers or recorders. Their civilization disappeared after about 400 years. The reason is unkown, though specialists refer to various obvious reasons such as societal unrest, illness, or failure and exhaustion of the land to continue to produce the chief sustenance – corn.
Some artifacts were discovered but other than piecing together some general info about the tribe, a great deal remains unknown.
Which is really kinda cool.