Cahokia Mounds

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost has introduced legislation to establish national park status for Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

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The support group for the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site has been awarded a $100,000 grant for digital projects from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Cahokia Mounds: A Big City 1,000 Years Ago

Aug 28, 2018
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On this WSIU INFOCUS, we hear from researchers analyzing the soil in and around the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

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As Illinois Celebrates its Bicentennial, WSIU travels to one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America.

Conservationists working to make Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville a unit of the National Park Service say they will continue their efforts under the new administration of President Donald Trump.

Staffers with the nonprofit HeartLands Conservancy had hoped that former President Barack Obama would declare Cahokia Mounds a national monument before leaving office on Friday, but that didn't happen.

Ed Weilbacher, vice president of HeartLands, says an executive order by Obama would have fast-tracked the process, but he said the effort will continue. He noted that local congressional leaders support the possibility of legislative action to bring the site into the national park system.

A new study done on one mound in particular at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville shows that human remains interred there, which are around 900 years old, belong to both men and women. It was previously thought the mound was for elite warrior men. That means there are new implications to be explored.

The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is already a National Historic Landmark and a World Heritage Site. Now, there's an effort to elevate the status of an area running through Collinsville Illinois to a National Monument.

For a couple of years, the National Park Service has surveyed the St. Louis area Cahokia Mounds.

An archaeological discovery in Illinois has received worldwide recognition.  Evidence of a prehistoric city well preserved under present day East St. Louis has been found, dug up and is being analyzed.

Cahokia Mounds has added a new permanent exhibit to its museum.

A new exhibit of photographs explores what makes southern Illinois different from the rest of the state.