Near Collinsville in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Heart of the City
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Spider motif on a shell gorget
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A view of central Cahokia, looking north between the Twin Mounds, across the Grand Plaza to Monks Mound. In the plaza is a chunkey field and traders’ shelters can be seen along the plaza’s edge, in front of the homes of the elite.
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View of daily life and activities in and around the Grand Plaza
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The Game of chunkey, as it was called by Southeastern Indians, was apparently popular at Cahokia. Many chunkey stones, or discoidals, have been found here, such as this one from Mound
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The 40-acre Grand Plaza was bordered on the north by Monks Mound and on the south by the Twin Mounds (59 & 60). Mounds 49 and 56 are located within the Plaza, mounds 51, 50, 54, and 55 mark the east side, and mounds 48 and 57 mark the western limits.
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Major plazas were located north, south, east and west of Monks Mound, and smaller plazas and courtyards were found throughout the city.
Erected by Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 38° 39.331′ N, 90° 3.636′ W. Marker is near Collinsville, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker can be reached from Ramey Street 0.2 miles south of Collinsville Road. Marker is located in Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site west of the Interpretive Center; the above directions are to the Interpretive Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 Ramey St, Collinsville IL 62234, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cahokia Mounds (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monks Mound (approx. ¼ mile away); Cahokia (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stockade (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mound 72 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Woodhenge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Collinsville (approx. 3.7 miles away); The D.D. Collins House (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Collinsville.
Also see . . . Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Official website of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. (Submitted on June 28, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 24 times this year. Last updated on March 26, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 28, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.