The folks at Cahokia have a great line-up for their Winter Lecture Series. Hope to see you there!
2015 WINTER LECTURE SERIES

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2:00 PM

Gregory Vogel, PhD, SIU Edwardsville

"The Archaeology of Disaster"

Dr. Vogel will be addressing the prehistory and history of major disasters--fire, flood, famine, war, plague, and earthquake--that have left distinctive signatures in the archaeological record, and Illinois has  seen its share of these.  We are still adapting today to events that have a history long beyond living memory. Greg will be doing this presentation as a presenter for the Road Scholars program of the Illinois Humanities Council.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2:00 PM

Susan Alt, PhD, Indiana University

"Discovering Cahokia's Religion: Recent Research and New Interpretations of the Emerald Mound Complex, Lebanon, Illinois"

Dr. Alt has been working in the uplands east of Cahokia and has been running a joint field school with her husband, Dr. Timothy Pauketat, from the University of Illinois. They have spent the last few years excavating at the Emerald Mound site north of Lebanon, IL where they have found evidence of numerous structures that may have served as "shrines" and others as temporary living quarters for travelers following prepared roadways to and from Cahokia, some coming from great distances. They believe Emerald was a pilgrimage site associated with a new religion developing at Cahokia and that the site has lunar alignments.  She will discuss the results of their excavations and new interpretations of how this site functioned.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2:00 PM

William Romain, PhD, The Ancient Earthworks Project

"Ancient Skywatchers of the Eastern Woodlands"

Dr. Romain's presentation chronicles a five-thousand year-old tradition of Native American skywatching. Using state-of-the-art LiDAR imagery and archaeoastronomic assessment protocols, he documents celestial alignments of representative sites from the Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods. This includes the sites of Watson Brake, Poverty Point, Newark Earthworks, Mound City, Serpent Mound, Angel Mounds, and Moundville. Of special interest, the great city of Cahokia is shown to be designed using nested squares, a special unit of length, and alignments to the moon.  He also explores certain design principles held in common across the region and significant trends through time.