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United States of America, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

 Posted by , last edited on February 14, 2014 at 03:35:44

Location St. Louis, Illinois, United States of America
Coordinates N38 39 31 W90 3 41
Property 591 ha
Date of Inscription 1982

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/198 )

Cahokia Mounds, some 13 km north-east of St Louis, Missouri, is the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico. It was occupied primarily during the Mississippian period (800–1400), when it covered nearly 1,600 ha and included some 120 mounds. It is a striking example of a complex chiefdom society, with many satellite mound centres and numerous outlying hamlets and villages. This agricultural society may have had a population of 10–20,000 at its peak between 1050 and 1150. Primary features at the site include Monks Mound, the largest prehistoric earthwork in the Americas, covering over 5 ha and standing 30 m high.

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