Cahokia Mounds – Once One of the Great Cities of the World
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: It was once one of the largest cities in the Americas, and remains home to the largest prehistoric manmade earthen construct in the United States. Cahokia Mounds is a state historic site managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and soon could be designated as a National Historical Park. The archeology of the area has shed light on the lives and accomplishments of the Mississippian people that once inhabited this land, and the Interpretive Center and surviving mounds at Cahokia continue to educate visitors all year round.

Type of Video: Story*
Unique Video ID: Culture-65**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video as you explore the big picture question, “How does archaeology help us understand people that came before us?


*Story videos employ a narrative form to highlight a topic, location, or practitioner in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.