Entries by Lori Belknap

In the Shadow of the Moon: Solar Eclipses in the Cahokian Sky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RicVJQOLlX4 This Sunday, August 13, at 2 pm, we will have Russell Weisman giving a lecture on solar/lunar events that have occurred in the ancient skies above Cahokia Mounds and will consider prehistoric beliefs about solar eclipses and celestial shadows.  Seating is limited and will be on a first come first served basis.  

Eclipse books and glasses out-of-stock

Due to an overwhelming response to our “Get Eclipsed” books and eclipse glasses, we are out of stock of both items.    We will be getting about 100 of the books alone with no glasses on Saturday and will have a small quantity of glasses available on Sunday the 13th.  These items will likely not last […]

Discover Ancient America at Archaeology Day

Cahokia Mounds will host its annual Archaeology Day on Saturday, August 5 from 10 – 4.   The event features ancient craft demonstrations such as; bow and arrow making, flintknapping and tool use, pottery making, stone carving, fingerweaving and fiber spinning, and more.  Visitors can throw spears with an atlatl, tour the excavations, watch archaeologists at work, […]

Join us on a Member-Only Excursion

Cahokia Mounds Museum Society is happy to announce that we have compiled a MEMBER-ONLY trip to Ohio.  The Ancient Ohio Excursion will take place September 2-3, 2017.   The Bus trip will leave Cahokia Mounds at 7 am on the 2nd for The Great Serpent Mound Ohio. That evening we will attend a live action, […]

Membership Drive Going on NOW

From now until the end of July you have a great opportunity to join the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society and support our preservation efforts as well as enter to win some fantastic prizes from Cahokia Mounds!   The rules are simple, each NEW membership and each UPGRADE to the next level from an existing membership […]

Eclipse Lecture

On August 13, Cahokia Mounds will offer a special lecture at 2 pm, by Russell Weisman, Senior Historic Preservation Specialist, MoDOT Environmental and Historic Preservation Section, titled “In the Shadow of the Moon, Solar Eclipses in the Cahokian Sky — AD 800-1300. On Monday August 21, 2017 millions of Americans from Oregon to South Carolina […]

Site Open 7 Days Beginning June

We are very happy to announce that the site will return to a 7-day-per-week schedule beginning June 1.    The site was reduced to 5 days per week just over a year ago amidst budget woes.  Visitation and funds raised by the support group, who owns and operates the Gift Shop, were both affected by the […]

Artist Preston Jackson Donates Model

We are very fortunate to have one of the original wax models of the interior bronze door from the entrance of the Cahokia Mounds building.  This was donated by the bronze sculptor, painter, musician Preston Jackson. Preston Jackson is professor emeritus of sculpture at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and owner of The […]

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 […]

Trivia Night/Silent Auction Fundraiser

Excercise your intellectual muscle while raising money for two archaeological non-profits at the Annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction Fundraiser on April 22, from 7-10 pm. The funds raised at this event will benefit Powell Archaeological Research Center (PARC), a group dedicated to saving archaeological data, particularly in the Metropolitan St. Louis area, and the […]

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!

Winter Lecture Series

The 2017 Winter Lecture Series begins January 15 at 2 pm.  The first installment is Geophysical Prospection and Excavation of Middle Woodland Mounds in the Lower Illinois Valley.   Jason King, PhD, Director, Center for American Archeology, Kampsville, Illinois, will present on geophysical surveys and excavation of Middle Woodland mounds.  This presentation will discuss recent insights […]

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 […]

Shop Amazon Smile to Support Cahokia Mounds

You can support Cahokia Mounds when you shop at Amazon.com using the Amazon Smile portal.  By clicking the link below, which designates Cahokia Mounds as a recipient, Amazon will donate 5% of your qualifying sales to Cahokia Mounds at no additional cost to you! From all of us here at Cahokia Mounds, have a safe and […]

New Discoveries from Cahokia’s ‘Beaded Burial’…

The people buried in one of America’s most famously ornate prehistoric graves are not who we thought they were, researchers say. A new study of 900-year-old human remains originally unearthed in Illinois almost 50 years ago reveals that their burial has been fundamentally misunderstood — from the number of people actually buried there, to the […]

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!

Archaeology Day August 6

We had a great Archaeology Day on Saturday!  Over 3200 people came out and learned about the preservation and interpretation of Cahokia Mounds!  The weather was perfect for this event.   The excavations at E. Palisade, Mound 34, and the Copper Workshop were all open and available for tours and viewing.  There were demonstrations on ancient […]

New Presentations Added to Conference

The Mississippian Conference, held in the auditorium on July 30 from 8:30 – 4:00, is now full.  There will be 18 presentations and several poster presentations that focus on recent research relating to Mississippian culture or Cahokia Mounds. Newly added presenters include: James Brown, Northwestern University, Emeritus, Archaeological Fact and Fiction about the Osage Duane […]