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Illinois Adventure – Cahokia Mounds

An evening pause: Time for some less well known North American archeology, very nicely persented, describing a history likely quite similar to other similar sites in the southwest.

Hat tip Cotour.


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  • wayne

    on a more fanciful note….

    “America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilisation”
    Graham Hancock

  • Visited an aboriginal mound along the Natchez Trace in Mississippi. It isn’t all that high, but built with people carrying dirt in buckets. Impressive.

  • I’d never heard of the entire Mississippian civilization. (I grew up in Wisconsin. Does history teaching suck or what?)


  • Doubting Thomas

    Echoing Markedup – Never knew! Now I have a new road trip destination.

    Thanks Robert!

  • Chris Lopes

    “on a more fanciful note….”

    That’s putting it mildly. :)

  • wayne

    Thankfully, Hancock does not do aliens.

    Joe Rogan Experience #961
    Graham Hancock, Randall Carlson & Michael Shermer

  • wayne

    Doubting Thomas / Markedup2–

    Wisconsin has multiple mounds– check Baraboo and Madison, to name 2 locations.
    (Interestingly– in college, both the Geology and Anthropology departments, went on on regular yearly field-trips to Baraboo.)

  • wayne

    Ancient Wisconsin ~
    Lost Pyramid Mound Of Burlington

  • wayne

    “Is the house of history built on foundations of sand?”
    Graham Hancock | TEDxReading 2016

    (This is the one that got him banned from TEDx.)

  • Doubting Thomas

    Wayne – Thanks – I’ll check them out and may load them into my US tour plans.


    Doubting Thomas

  • wayne

    Doubting Thomas-
    There are mounds in Indiana and Ohio as well.

    Check out the “Mounds State Park,” in Anderson, Indiana.
    They have “10 unique earthworks built by the Adena-Hopewell people.”

  • wayne

    In Ohio…..

    Hopewell Culture National Historical Park,
    Chillicothe, Ohio

    (We have no idea what these people actually called themselves. “Hopewell” was the name of the guy who owned the farm upon which this stuff was discovered.)

  • wayne

    In Michigan—

    The Norton Mound Group,4669,7-192-29938_68915-54607–,00.html

    “The Norton Mound Group is one of the best preserved Hopewellian burial centers in the country and one of the most important archaeological sites in Michigan. The site represents a fine example of the northern extension of the Hopewell culture. When first excavated in 1874 by W. L. Coffinberry under the auspices of the Kent County Scientific Institute (now the Public Museum of Grand Rapids), the site consisted of 17 mounds ranging from 30 feet in diameter and 1.5 feet in height to 100 feet in diameter and 15 feet in height. Once part of a much more extensive system of over 30 mounds which were destroyed by the expansion of the City of Grand Rapids, only 11 retain their basic form.”

  • markedup2 noted: “(I grew up in Wisconsin. Does history teaching suck or what?)”

    Well, yeah, if you just pay attention to what’s in school.

  • To be fair to my History teachers, I did have some good ones. I remember saying something typically teenaged-stupid and the teacher took a week to tell us about a bunch of stuff that had been removed from our history textbook.

    Now, I remember neither what I said nor any specific examples, but it was eye opening to have a teacher explain how textbooks were created, why stuff is left out, and what some of it was.

    My current favorite under-taught bit of history: The Battle of Athens (Georgia, not Greece).

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