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Sociology and Anthropology: A Research Guide

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Park

The air photo above shows "downtown" Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, Illinois.  Fox Mound (right) and Round Top Mound are shown in the foreground, while Monks Mound is in the background. Monks Mound is the largest prehistoric mound in the United States, covering 14 acres at its base and rising to 100 feet above the Mississippi floodplain. The site flourished between AD 800 to 1400, and probably had about 20,000 people at it apogee. The air photo was taken from a doorless, bubble-top helicopter in 1979 by the late Dr. Melvin L. Fowler. 

With links to a variety of resources just for your discipline, this guide is a great place to start your research!  Remember that these are only some of the sources that may be useful to you.  Please contact me for help with any of your research, Sarah Penniman, x1428 or e-mail AskUs.

If you want to be a good archaeologist, you've got to get out of the library! - Indiana Jones

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