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A village of southwest Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. It is located on the site of a large Mississippian settlement (c. 800-1350) with numerous extant earthworks.
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As many as 20,000 people -- double that if surrounding communities were included -- lived about a thousand years ago in the elaborate planned city that now is part of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
Excellent Museums such as the Moundville Archeological Park in Alabama, or the Cahokia Mounds State Historic site in Illinois, or the Spiro Mounds Historical site in Oklahoma have websites and artifact collections encouraging teachers to develop their own 'arrays' of 'finds' for students to examine and analyze as junior archeologists and social scientists in social studies and science.
Louis and burn off energy at the end of their class field trip to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.