Thursday, July 3, 2014

Suburban Expansion Threatens Prehistoric Sites Near St. Louis

Monk's Mound, Cahokia. Image Courtesy of the National Geographic Image Collection/Alamy.
Monk's Mound, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
Image Courtesy of the National Geographic Image Collection/Alamy.
June 28, 2014.
Ryan Schuessler, of Aljazeera America, has written an interesting article about the difficulty of preserving archaeological sites in Missouri; particularly around St. Louis.

"Harl recalled two mounds in the town of Fenton, Missouri, that were leveled to build a Walmart. The site of a 1,000-year-old village in Bridgeton, Missouri, was flattened to build an industrial park.

Missouri has few laws to protect these sites. If they are on private land, it’s typically up to the landowner to decide what happens to them, unless federal money is involved."

To read the full article, click here.


For more information about Cahokia,
 visit Cahokia Moundshere.
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