Cahokia Mounds: A Prehistoric City and Indian Culture
Alongside a renowned archeologist, discover the Cahokia Mounds — one of the United States’ most ancient sites — and learn about the rise and sudden collapse of the peoples that lived.
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Program No. 12934RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

More than 1,000 years ago, a complex society of 20,000 tribe peoples inhabited a region that spanned across the American Bottom floodplain. Join a professional archaeologist for an exploration of the sudden and mysterious decline of the Mississippians and learn about the importance of the Cahokia Mounds as a UNESCO World Heritage Site — one of only 21 in the United States. Consider how natural materials were used to produce items of artistic merit and practical usage as you meet craftspeople who have learned to replicate the techniques for quill work, beading, weaving, dying and flint chipping.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Some walking on mostly flat terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn the history of Cahokia Mounds with Bill Iseminger, a renowned archaeologist and expert on the site.
  • Take in an evening presentation on flint knapping and fire starting with a historian.
  • Discuss how native plants and trees were utilized for food and medicines.
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Mary Vermilion
Dr. Mary Vermilion has been involved in Cahokia archaeology in various capacities since 2000, including excavations at Mound 34, the North Palisade, and the Fingerhut Tract. She currently is a full-time faculty member at Saint Louis University and an adjunct instructor at Washington University and the University of Missouri St. Louis. Mary also serves as the director of forensic science, and the faculty sponsor for the anthropology club and Lambda Alpha (the National Anthropology Honor Society) at Saint Louis University.
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Susan Ream Wilson
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Larry Kinsella
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Marilyn Kinsella
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Mary Vermilion
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Bill Iseminger
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Joe Harl
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"Cricket" Lucretia Kelly
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John Kelly
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