Free and Open to the Public.
Speaker Mark Leach will discuss the Indian mounds in downtown St. Louis.
Approximately 1000 years ago, the St. Louis area was the very epicenter of an extraordinary explosion of culture, population, and grand civic construction. When most people think of Native Americans, scenes from movies such as Dances with Wolves come to mind: small bands of hunter-gatherers, living in teepees and enjoying harmony with fellow humans and nature.
When contemplating what took place in the heart of America for several hundred years after 1050 AD, erase all such thoughts from your mind. Seemingly out of nowhere, a highly complex civilization erupted on the scene, drawing thousands of people from across the mid-continent, all hoping to take part in an exciting and sometimes dangerous cultural revolution. In nearly a blink of an eye, a massive city of earthen pyramids, causeways, roads, plazas, neighborhoods, and temples was constructed: stretching from present day St. Louis, across East St. Louis, and onward to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.