Monday, June 30, 2014
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site - IL - USA - UNESCO #198
Another awesome UNESCO postcard found its way to my mailbox today, this time from Collinsville in the state of Illinois, USA. When we think in pre-Columbian constructions we almost immediatly think of Mexico and South America, but in fact there were several sites on North America territories and Cahokia Mounds are the largest of them all. Today, the mounds look like large grassy hils, but 1000 years ago they were the center of a large settlement. Thank you very much Joanna, I really like this postcard and thanks to it, my collection grows to 414 sites, 593 more and I'm done! This postcard took 7 days to arrive!
Cahokia Mounds, some 13 km north-east of St Louis, Illinois, is the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico. It was occupied primarily during the Mississippian period (800–1400), when it covered nearly 1,600 ha and included some 120 mounds. It is a striking example of a complex chiefdom society, with many satellite mound centres and numerous outlying hamlets and villages. This agricultural society may have had a population of 10–20,000 at its peak between 1050 and 1150. Primary features at the site include Monks Mound, the largest prehistoric earthwork in the Americas, covering over 5 ha and standing 30 m high.