Cahokia, IL (KTRS) This Sunday, the public is invited to attend archaeologist Russell Weisman’s solar eclipse lecture at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
Weisman’s lecture will focus on solar eclipses and how they relate to the Mississippian culture and Cahokia Mounds. The presentation, “In the Shadow of the Moon: Solar Eclipses in the Cahokian Sky-AD 800-1300,” will begin at 2:00 p.m. inside the Interpretive Center Auditorium.
Weisman is an archeologist with the Missouri Department of Transportation and has been studying eclipse phenomenon and how they affected Native people historically. He will review similar eclipse events that were visible in this area in the past and how they may have been represented in designs on pottery and other artifacts.
No special events are planned for the eclipse at Cahokia Mounds, but visitors are welcome to visit for personal observation. The gift shop will provide a limited supply of free eclipse observation glasses. Cahokia Mounds is just outside the path of full totality, but the eclipse will be over 99% total.
The event is free and open to the public, along with a suggested donation of $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $2 for students, and $15 for families. Cahokia Mounds Historic Site is eight miles from St. Louis, in Collinsville, Illinois, off Interstates 55/70 and Interstate 255 on Collinsville Road. For more information on the lecture, please visit www.cahokiamounds.org.
Written By: Jarina Ball