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Elizabeth Watts Malouchos, Research Scientist at Indiana University’s Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology presents on Angel Mounds.

One of the largest Mississippian mound centers on the northeastern frontier, Angel Mounds remains shrouded in mystery. Researchers understand little about Angel’s relationships with surrounding hinterland communities or with other Mississippian centers in the Midwest.

Recent remote-sensing research at Angel and other outlying sites has been illuminating. It seems Angel Mound people aligned their architecture to the movements of the moon for over three centuries. It also shows that the broader Angel lunar landscape connected the Mound to a Cahokia cosmology and to ancestral Middle Woodland histories.

Visit Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site to hear more on Angel Mound and lunar architecture.