Near Collinsville in Madison 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 72 (left). The game was played by two men; one would roll the stone then both would throw lances or markers to where they thought the chunkey would stop rolling (above). A stone effigy pipe
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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.
Location. 38° 39.331′ N, 90° 3.636′ W. Marker is near Collinsville, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Ramey Street 0.2 miles south of Collinsville Road. Touch for map. Marker is located in Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site west of the Interpretive Center; the above directions are to the Interpretive Center. Marker is in this post office area: Collinsville IL 62234, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Monks Mound (approx. ¼ mile away); Cahokia (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stockade (approx. 0.4 miles away); Woodhenge Lewis and Clark and St. Louis Riverfront (approx. 6.8 miles away in Missouri); La Grande Rue (approx. 6.8 miles away in Missouri); Old Mission Hotel (approx. 6.8 miles away in Missouri); The Captains' Return (approx. 6.9 miles away in Missouri). 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.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 28, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.