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  1. May 2019
    1. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
    2. Cahokia, as it may have appeared around 1150 CE. Painting by Michael Hampshire for the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

      This structure reminds me of the pyramids. It's interesting how cultures thoughout the world tend to share the same shapes of structures.

    3. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

      This link contains a short video of what the structure looks like today. Unfortunately, not much of it remains. https://youtu.be/Tdp2hZG4ky4

    1. Artistic finds include stone tablets carved with images (such as a birdman) as well as evidence of sophisticated copper working, including jewelry and headdresses.

      Interestingly other megalithic cultures have artistic renderings of a "birdman" as well, including the Incan, Mayan, and Egyptian cultures.

    2. The name "Cahokia" is from an aboriginal people who lived in the area during the 17th century. 

      The name of the site comes from a culture that inhabited the site years after its initial construction. The name was given to it by French colonizers.

    1. immigrants formed one-third of the population of the city throughout its history (from about AD 1050 through the early 1300s)

      This suggests that this site was a "melting pot" of many different types of people similar to a modern day city.

    1. A gradual decline in the Cahokian population is thought to have began sometime after 1200 A.D. and two centuries later, the entire site had been abandoned.

      Interestingly, the Mayan declined around the same time as this civilization began.

    2. Archaeologists have also excavated four, and possibly five, circular sun calendars referred to as Woodhenge.

      Again there is a connection to megalithic architecture's large sundials

    1. There was also an astronomical observatory (“Woodhenge”), consisting of a circle of wooden posts.

      This term "Woodhenge" further points to an acknowledgment of the similarities between this site and other pyramid sites.