One of 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States

Archaeologists call the Native Americans who built the giant earthen mounds the Mississippians, and Cahokia was their crowning achievement. The population was approximately 10-20,000, with 120 mounds within six square miles at its peak. Cahokia, located in Southern Illinois eight miles east of St. Louis, is the largest prehistoric Indian site north of Mexico.

Cahokia is the largest archaeological site in the United States. Excavations here and in the American Bottom have changed our picture of what Indian life was like on this continent before Europeans arrived.

Monks Mound, one of the 80 remianing mounds, is the largest earthen structure in North America. Its base is larger than Egypt’s Pyramid of Giza, and it is taller than the Aztecs' greatest temple.



"Strong visual style; exquisite use of unifying graphics, map and especially 3D animation, to add a pervasive sense of another time with historical information and hypotheses to the present landscape.

"Very well organized with accurate spatial sense; breaks new ground in the difficult art of combining a traditional walking tour with a cutting edge audio/visual tour.   "

- MUSE judges