The Demise of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

1791 WordsJan 30, 20187 Pages
Located in present day Collinsville, Illinois is Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, which was once home to the largest city north of Mexico from 700 to 1400 A.D. Settled by the Mississippian people, today their decline remains a mystery. First visited in 1811 by traveler Henry Brackenridge and considered the “discoverer of Cahokia” only in the sense that he wrote several papers and articles about the findings to the public’s attention. After walking around the mounds, Brackenridge described that the locations of the last inhabitants were clearly visible to him, as were fragments of their tools and utensils. Many extensive archeological excavations and several case study theories have come about through the years as to why this magnificent ancient metropolis faced such demise. Many theories viable or not have come about through the years about the fall of the Cahokians, climate change, a political falling out, a massive flood or a fire and some erroneous suggestions involving the cosmos. Many of these theories really do not hold a torch to the climate change or societal fall. A massive fire, a disastrous flood, although more evidence of remains would have be revealed to be appropriate. Overcrowding and depletion of resources can hold up to the evidence and reigns true in common sense. I will bring up these factors of cause for the demise, but I will explore and focus mainly on the climate changes in this American Bottom region as the prime factor of the Cahokian

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