On our way across the U.S. we stopped at Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site. It is one of the 22 World Heritage sites in the U.S. We went into the Visitor Center to get some information about the mounds and decided which trail to go on. We wanted to see Monks Mound, so we went on a little trail that headed that way. We reached the base and then climbed the 156 (That’s how many I counted) steps to the mound. You could see a lot of the other mounds and Woodhenge from the top. Woodhenge was a circle of upright logs that the people who lived here used to tell when they should plant the crops, when to harvest them and when to celebrate certain occasions. Monks Mound was completed after over 300 years. The men and women who built this mound didn’t get paid, it was out of loyalty to their Chief. The chief of the time would live on top of Monks Mound. The mounds around Monks Mound, like the Twin Mound and Mound 72 were used for different purposes. Some were used for platforms to build buildings and some were used as burial mounds. We climbed back down all 156 steps and made our way back to the museum to see the short video about the Mounds. Then we walked around the museum. The Cahokia Mounds may have been really impressive about 1,000 years ago, but now they kind of look just like little hills. If there were no diagrams or pictures of what archaeologist thought it looked like then I would have a really hard time imagining people around the Mounds.
Written by Cali