National designation sought for ancient mounds
CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) — A group is studying ways to get an ancient state historical site in southwestern Illinois some national recognition.
The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/10qUxFa) reports that the Heartlands Conservancy is researching ways the Cahokia Mounds site could be linked by trails or a vehicle tour with hundreds of other ancient mounds in the region under a national park designation.
Those behind the push believe that by seeking national recognition, the mounds could bring additional tourism, jobs and money to region.
Cahokia is believed to have been inhabited from 700 to 1400 A.D., and it was among the most complex societies of prehistoric North America. The 2,200-acre property is designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site.