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Read the Fall 2008 PARC Newsletter (1MB pdf).

Past Events:
September 2007

2nd Annual Benefit Walk for the Preservation of Archaeological Sites
Saturday, September 29, 2007

Put on your walking shoes and join us Saturday, September 29 for an information-packed benefit walk that will help fund the preservation of archaeological sites in the Metro St. Louis area. Read more >

Register and pledge for the Walk.

2007 Walk Through PARC Route
2007 Walk Through PARC Route Map

Summer 2007

Summer Excavations
All excavations may be viewed when in progress. Excavations are normally held Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3 pm.
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May 21–June 8
The University of Missouri-St. Louis field school offers a unique opportunity this summer to students majoring in Anthropology or those just fascinated by archaeological digs. A three-week field school will be held at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, once the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico. Nearly 70 mounds of the original 120 are currently preserved in this 2,200-acre World Heritage Site. Over 50 million cubic feet of earth were moved in construction of the mounds.

This field school will focus on Mound 34, located east of Monks Mound; and students’ efforts will concentrate on defining a possible copper workshop area just to the north of Mound 34. This work will complement an ongoing research project whose primary goals have been to relocate excavations conducted in the 1950s and remap them using methods not available during the earlier investigations. This project has yielded large quantities of artifacts, including copper, marine shells, drilled shark’s teeth, and finely made pottery.

Enrollment is limited, so students should register early!

Current UM-St. Louis students may register beginning April 1.
Visiting students may register beginning in mid-April.

For more information click here.

Please contact Nichelle Hardy, or 314-516-5974 to register. For more course information, please contact Dr. Kelly at

June 4–July 13

The Washington University field school, under the direction of Dr. John E. Kelly at Mound 34, will continue the search for the copper work shop first discovered during 1950s excavations. Mapping of the site will continue as well and these data are being combined into a GIS map of the Cahokia site through Washington University in conjunction with the Illinois State Museum and George R. Milner. For more information, contact Dr. John Kelly at

June 11–August 3

The Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville field school under the direction of Dr. Mary Vermilion, will focus on the northeast corner of the Central Palisade to pursue one of the Palisade walls where it turns west to go behind Monks Mound, and also other walls that continued to the north. Other prehistoric residential features will also be excavated and documented. For more information, contact Dr. Julie Holt at SIUE or Dr. John Kelly at

Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (CMMS) members have the unique opportunity to participate in this important project by volunteering their time this summer. The public may participate by becoming members of CMMS. Participants may volunteer for field and lab work between the dates of May 21 and July 27, 2007. Volunteers may sign up to participate for several days, a week, or for several weeks. The normal workday will be from 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Volunteers are responsible for providing their own transportation, housing and lunch. Participants must provide proof of medical insurance and must be 18 years or older.

Click here for an application form.


April 2007

Trivia Night
Saturday, April 14, 7–10 pm
Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center
30 Ramey Street
Collinsville, Illinois

To register or for more information
Call 618.344.7316
or email

Join the Fun While You Support the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society & the Powell Archaeological Research Center.

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Walk Through the PARC Fundraising Walk

Walk Through the PARC

On September 30, 2006 The Powell Archaeological Research Center held a fund-raising walk, "Walk Through the PARC”. The walk followed the Indian Lake Heritage Trail along Collinsville Road from the East St. Louis Mound group (the 2nd largest Mississippian mound center in the United States), where lots have been purchased with mound remnants, to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

The complete Walk was approximately 6 miles, although participants could choose one of two shorter segments. Dr. John Kelly (Washington University) was the guide for the first portion of the Walk and described the archaeological history of the area and pointed out archaeological features such as remaining mounds, and the location of lost mounds. Bill Iseminger (Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site) ended the Walk beginning at Woodhenge within the Cahokia Site and guided the group to Monks Mound and the Interpretive Center.

Registration was $30 and each participant was encouraged to seek additional pledges, which proved to be very successful. Their efforts are greatly appreciated. Each participant was also given a Walk T-shirt. PARC is planning to hold another walk later in the summer, so check back for more information. Here are several pictures from the Walk. We had about 20 – 25 participants and hope more will join us this year.

John Kelly

John Kelly, center wearing green windbreaker, is describing the central portion of what was once the East St. Louis Mound Center, near where excavations were conducted in the early 1990s that found portions of the site still intact under about 3 feet of historic debris. Efforts are underway by PARC to preserve portions of what is left by purchasing lots in the area as they become available.

Victoria Graves

Victoria Graves, a member of the Osage tribe and Walk participant, provided a valuable American Indian perspective to the other Walk participants. This photo was taken near a piece of property owned by PARC that contains the portion of a mound within the East St. Louis Mound Group.

John Kelly explains test excavations

John Kelly explains test excavations being conducted on property within the East St. Louis Mound Group that is being transferred to the Archaeological Conservancy for permanent protection. The remnants of a small mound were discovered in the test excavations.


Refreshments were enjoyed by the Walk participants at about the halfway point of the Walk, which was located at the Chucallo Mound in Fairmont City. The owners of this mostly intact mound, Paul and Mary Chucallo, recently donated the mound to the State of Illinois to ensure its continued preservation.

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