Mike Toner, of Archaeology Magazine, has written an interesting and informative article about the recent conclusions made about Cahokia's astronomical alignments to the moon. Cahokia is an ancient Native American metropolis which reached its height around A.D. 1100-1200. Dr. Bill Romain, one of our research associates, was quoted in the article citing Emerald Mound's similarity to earlier Hopewell Culture (100 B.C.- A.D. 400) sites like that of the Newark Earthworks.
"Recent excavations suggest that these earthworks, located near present-day Lebanon, Illinois, and known today as Emerald Mound, are one of several sites on the fringes of the ancient city of Cahokia that have a distinctly lunar orientation. It’s a discovery that suggests to some archaeologists that America’s premier prehistoric center may have had, or may have even begun with, a lunar cult."
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For more information,
- "City of the Moon". Mike Toner. Archaeology Magazine. Vol. 68 Issue 2. pg 40-45.*
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