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Cahokia Mounds site is topic of next Archaeology lecture

Sarah Otten, a Ph.D candidate at the University of Illinois, will present an archaeology lecture at Monmouth College on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall.

Titled “Rattlesnake Mound and the Experience of Death at Cahokia,” the talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by MC’s classics department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

One of the last standing ridge-top burial mounds at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and one of the largest, Rattlesnake Mound was excavated by Warren Moorehead in the 1900s to prove that Native Americans built the mounds. However, many questions were left unanswered, including what were they doing at this mound, when it was built and how it was constructed.

Otten will discuss new excavations she conducted last summer in an attempt to answer those questions and obtain a better understanding of Cahokian burial practices.