What was America like 1,000 years ago?

In most history books, aside from a chapter or so on the Aztecs of Mexico and Mayans of Central America, there is generally no mention of early civilizations that once flourished in what is now the United States. By 1492, people had been living on the North American continent for over 14,000 years.

Excavations have unearthed large settlements and impressive ceremonial centers testifying to the creation of an early civilization by ancient Native American populations. What have archaeologists learned about these early people?

Join us! We’ll begin with the “mound-builders,” people of the Mississippian Culture that built complex, highly organized communities in the Midwest and Southern present-day United States. Our journey starts at Cahokia, a Mississippian urban center larger than any European city in 1050 AD.

Stay tuned! There’ll soon be more ancient sites to explore!

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Developed in partnership with the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society and partially funded by: