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Winter Lecture Series

“Anthropogenic Transformation and Population Processes at Angel Mounds: The Founding, Flourishment and Final Days of a Mississippian Village”

William Monaghan, PhD Indiana Geological Survey, Indiana University-Bloomington and Jeremy J. Wilson, PhD, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

 

Abstract: Since 2005, archaeological investigations at Angel Mounds, a Mississippian village along the Ohio River in southwest Indiana, have tackled a series of questions related to anthropogenic transformation, the timing of fortification construction, and the use-life for various habitation components of the site. Collectively this research aims to understand the intensity and trajectory of population-level processes at the site from its founding in the 11th century through abandonment in the early 15th century. The well-controlled chronology and developmental history for Angel Mounds derived from a decade of excavations and re-analysis of collections shows that the site underwent different developmental phases. The first occurred AD 1070-1250 with the site serving as an unfortified, ceremonial center with intensive earthwork construction, but few permanent residents. The second phase included the development a fortified village and increased residential population after AD 1300. Meanwhile, the abandonment of Angel Mounds in the early 15th century is attributed to increasing socio-political instability triggered by escalating levels of regional warfare and climatic unpredictability associated with the onset of the Little Ice Age.  This is a free event.  2 pm.  For more information call 618-346-5160.

Winter Lecture Series March 19, 2 pm

March 19 will be the final installment of the 2017 Winter Lecture Series.   This presentation will discuss the changes occurring at Angel Mounds, Indiana.  William Monaghan, PhD Indiana Geological Survey, Indiana University-Bloomington and Jeremy J. Wilson, PhD, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) will be presenting “Anthropogenic Transformation and Population Processes at Angel Mounds: The Founding, Flourishment and Final Days of a Mississippian Village”.

Abstract: Since 2005, archaeological investigations at Angel Mounds, a Mississippian village along the Ohio River in southwest Indiana, have tackled a series of questions related to anthropogenic transformation, the timing of fortification construction, and the use-life for various habitation components of the site. Collectively this research aims to understand the intensity and trajectory of population-level processes at the site from its founding in the 11th century through abandonment in the early 15th century. The well-controlled chronology and developmental history for Angel Mounds derived from a decade of excavations and re-analysis of collections shows that the site underwent different developmental phases. The first occurred AD 1070-1250 with the site serving as an unfortified, ceremonial center with intensive earthwork construction, but few permanent residents. The second phase included the development a fortified village and increased residential population after AD 1300. Meanwhile, the abandonment of Angel Mounds in the early 15th century is attributed to increasing socio-political instability triggered by escalating levels of regional warfare and climatic unpredictability associated with the onset of the Little Ice Age.

For more information regarding this event, contact the Information Desk at 618-346-5160.

We’re in the Book!

Cahokia Mounds is listed as one of the 1000 Places to See in the United States and Canada by Patricia Schultz.  This is book is available at retailers everywhere and is a #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Painting With a Purpose Fundraiser

Join us for a fun new way to support Cahokia Mounds!  The Museum Society is hosting a fundraiser at Painting with a Twist, 3760 Green Mt. Crossing Dr., Shiloh, IL on January 14, from 1-4 pm.  The fee is $35.  All supplies are provided and their artist will guide the instruction step-by-step so there is no need for experience!  Children 7 and up are welcome to register.  Painting with a Twist will donate HALF of all registrations to Cahokia Mounds!   You will be painting your very own winter scene and supporting cultural preservation and interpretation.  There are only 45 available spots in the studio so join us on January 14 and paint with a PURPOSE!  Register by going to www.paintingwithatwist.com/shiloh/.

City of the Sun 5K and 1-Mile Walk

The Annual City of the Sun 5K and 1-Mile Walk will be held on the Cahokia Mounds Trails on November 6.  The race begins at 9 am and registration begins at 8.  All registrants will receive a Cahokia Mounds cell phone/device armband.   All proceeds will fund the Support Group’s mission of preserving and interpreting the site with outreach events, land acquisition, research, and educational programs.   The Run/Walk is a great way to enjoy the cultural and natural aspects of the site as it winds around some of the more important features of the central portion of Cahokia Mounds.  You can register by mailing in the form below, or at racesonline.com.

5K 2016

Boeing Native American Culture Series

The first event in the Boeing Native American Culture Series, presented by, Employees Community Fund of Boeing and Cahokia Mounds Museum Society will take place October 15 at 2 pm.

Through personal stories and family photographs, Erin Kelley, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation and direct descendant of noted Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, shares her experiences growing up in a multi-cultural family, in her theatrical performance Portrait of My People.  She offers not only a personal glimpse into Shawnee and Cherokee history, but a look at the rich identity of contemporary Native Americans.  Native people are often talked about in the past tense.  However, they continue their long history of substantial social and cultural contributions well into the twenty-first century.   Portrait of My People also captures the importance of exploring personal identity.  Kelley, who has an Irish name and physically differs from what may be perceived as a traditional Native American look, personifies that we “can’t judge a book by its cover.”  How do society’s racial and cultural generalizations form not only other people’s opinions of our identity, but how we view ourselves?  Portrait of My People encourages young people to explore their family heritage and to embrace all the parts of their own unique identity.   Due to limited seating, RSVP’s are required.  Please call 618-344-7316 or 618-346-5160 for your free ticket.

Linda T. from Shannon, IL Wins Quilt!

Linda T. from Shannon, IL won the raffle for the Cahokia Mounds T-Shirt Quilt.  Congratulations to Linda who traveled from the northern edge of Illinois to Cahokia Mounds to visit the site!  We appreciate your support!

Mississippian Conference 2016

The Mississippian Conference is a full day event featuring 15-minute presentations on recent research related to the Mississippian culture or Cahokia Mounds.  This event will take place on July 30, in the Interpretive Center Auditorium.  Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration begins at 8:30 with presentations beginning at 9:00.  Fee is $5.  The incomplete list consists of the following presentations:

Don Booth (SCI Engineering, Inc.); Recent Investigations at the Mitchell Site (11MS30)

Ken Williams (Independent Researcher and Cahokia Mounds Museum Society Board Member); Kuhn Site Revisited

Natalie G. Mueller (Washington University); Mississippian Agricultural Communities of Practice

B. Jacob Skousen (Illinois State Archaeological Survey ISAS); Making a Case for a Cahokian Pilgrimage Center: Evidence from the Emerald Site

Susan Alt (Indiana University) and Tim Pauketat (University of Illinois); On the Floors of Emerald’s Shrine Houses

Tim Pauketat (University of Illinois) and Susan Alt (Indiana University); Elevating Water at Cahokia’s Emerald Acropolis

Rebecca M. Barzilai (Indiana University) and Jeffrey Kruchten (University of Illinois); The Survey and Excavation of Ephemeral Sites around Emerald Mound

J. Grant Stauffer (Washington University); Vestiges of the Braden Corridor:  From Cahokia to Lake Jackson

Robert Moore (National Park Service, St. Louis);  Unknown and Unremembered:  A Suspected Mississippian Mound Site in Soulard

Michael Brent Lansdell (ISAS), Edward R. Henry (Washington University), and Steven Boles (ISAS); Organizing Cahokian Life North of Downtown: Geophysical Exploration of the Microlith and Shell Bead Industries at the Kunnemann Tract

Michael Conner (Dickson Mounds – Illinois State Museum) and Jodie O’Gorman (Michigan State University); Recent Investigations at the Morton Village Site in the Central Illinois Valley

James Duncan and Carol Diaz-Granados (Washington University); The Spirits of the Cahokian Cosmos:  Linking Mississippian Iconography with Ethnography to Interpret and Identify these Supernatural Beings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Groupon Offer

We offer a great Groupon offer to visit Cahokia Mounds!  There are two offers; one is for 2 iPod tours plus a souvenir guide book and tote for $10, and the other is for 4 iPod tours plus souvenir guide book and tote for $13.  These offers are transferable, and we will honor them after the expiration date.   We have sold over 1300 of these offers and have a 94% positive feedback rating on the offer.  Simply go to Groupon.com and search for ‘Cahokia Mounds’ to get yours!  It’s a great way to experience the site and includes outdoor audio tours to augment the Interpretive Center Gallery.

“get to know m.e.” Bench

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site receives “Get to know m.e.” bench.

Created by the 2015 “Get to know m.e.” campaign, the regional image campaign that celebrates why people love living and working in the Metro-East.  Thirty-nine blue steel benches were donated to area public places complimentary of the campaign.  Parks, town squares, historical sites, bike trails, and scenic views are now locations of the Metro-East celebratory benches.

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