Back to our trip to Cahokia Mounds and the experience the archeological dig in our pasture:
Let me first share this photo with you. It is of Grace and Faith with a 250 cake. This is the 250 birthday of St. Louis and in commemoration there are 250 birthday cakes that are placed throughout the region, yes even in Illinois. The cakes are made to represent a "point" of significance for STL.
I have learned that it often takes a spark from another to kindle the fire. That is the case with the choice to do our own dig. During our experience at Cahokia Mounds we participated in a FREE docent lead tour. It takes about one hour to take the tour. You walk some, stop and chat some, then move on to the next leg of the tour. There was an elderly man that lead our tour. I would like to say that the girls were perfect, attentive students that I was proud of but the fact of the matter is that they were children who find interest in the bugs and stones that they see more than what the man is talking about. Well, that is at least what it looked like. UNTIL we began our journey home and the two start talking about the tour. It was this elderly man, whom I am certain felt underappreciated at the moment that kindled their fire to know more not only about the Mississippian culture but about the process of archeology. It was his words that helped them to find more interest in the displays within the building itself. Had we not attended the tour then the experience at the top of Monk Mound would have been much different.
Grace stood at the top of Monks Mound and looked out to find the structures he had spoken about to us. I know he thought that she did not hear a word that he said but it was clear she had. I of course know that Grace and spin on her toes and listen at the same time but the general public expects students who are use to sitting in a desk all day and afraid to fart. So that brings me to the next part of our picture display. He taught them about the Bird Man Tablet, about Woodhenge, and the chief that was buried at Mound 72.
Here are some photos to share with you from that follow up experience. Stay tuned for the next posting as we go further into our own archeological dig experience.
|Stock photo of Woodhenge from the Mounds web site|
|Faith asked me to dance around the pole at Woodhenge. This is the center pole. We danced together then I captured this fabulous photo of the experience.|
|This was the view that day of St. Louis. It was a yellow air quality day in the city.|
|The girls drew their own versions of the Bird Man Tablet in the dust of the rock path on top of the mound. They chuckled that perhaps somebody will think an Indian place it there. |
So there you have it. More on the Bird Man Tablet and our own site very soon.