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America Before Columbus: The Mississippians and the Cahokia Mounds

These sites are about the pre-Columbian group of Native Americans known as the Mississippians and the Cahokia Mounds. Includes links to interactive sites such as Project Arch-ae-o, an interactive map, videos, lesson plans, and more. Also includes links to two eThemes Resources: “Native Americans: Mound Builders” and “Native Americans: Origins”.

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  • 8

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This interactive site includes videos, games, and other learning tools for learning about the Mississippians who built Cahokia Mounds.
This site includes information on the Cahokia Mounds, contact and visitation information, and an introductory video.
See an interactive map of the site, get directions for a visit, and learn about special events at this historical site.
This four day lesson plan uses the Cahokia Mounds to teach students about archaeology and archaeological issues regarding the Mississippian cultures. Includes photos, maps, and activities.
This Web site covers the origins and history of the Cahokia people. The page also has pictures of artifacts and mound homes.
Learn about the Cahokian calendar through this interactive site. Includes text, images, and an activity. NOTE: This site requires that Shockwave Flash player be installed on your computer in order for it to function.
See the configuration and topography of the Cahokia Mounds of Illinois. NOTE: This site requires the use of a Java applet in order for it to function.
Learn about the Mississippian peoples, their culture, identity, economy, technology, society, beliefs, and the environment in which they lived, as well as current archaeological sites. Click on the links under "Mississippian" in the sidebar on the left to access content.
Watch a brief video about the Mississippians who built the Cahokia Mounds. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a message board.
Learn about the mound building cultures and their spiritual beliefs through this brief video. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a message board.
These sites are about ancient mounds built by a group of Native Americans referred to as Mound Builders. The tribes include the Mississippi, Hopewell, and Adena. View photographs of these mounds and find out how and why they were built.
Learn about how and why the ancestors of Native Americans came to the Americas. There is information about several theories, including theories as to why some modern day Native Americans think their ancestors migrated to America. Includes a link to an eTheme resource on Native American culture and another on Mound Builders.
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