Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Monks Mound

The Monks Mound, which is the largest mound at Cahokia (in southern Illinois between East St. Louis and Collinsville), is over 100 feet high and is about 955 feet long and 775 feet wide. Wow! At its base, the Monks Mound is about the same size as the Great Pyramid of Giza. It is the largest earthwork at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. One of the cool things about this mound, is the way it was formed. Unlike a lot of structures that require stone, this one was built by basket-transported clay and soil. It has been estimated that it took about 15 million baskets of earth to make the Monks Mound. Dang, talk about manual labor!

There has been many attempts at preservation, though, as the weather has took a toll on this mound over the years, with slumping in certain areas, being one of the biggest problems. Anyway, I thought that this was pretty neat, and decided to share these tidbits with the community today. Oh, it looks like it would be good exercise, too, if you were to walk or run up and down the access ramp. Yeah, sort of like what Rocky would do... Ha-ha!

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Source = en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monks_Mound

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