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Collinsville  

Sundial 94
State/Province:  Illinois Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Woodhenge Condition:  Good
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Location:
  • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, about a 20 minute drive from St. Louis
 
Description:
  • At the Cahokia Mounds is a woodhenge discovered in the early 1960's during excavations and has been reconstructed. There are a series of wood posts in multiple circles that indicate various solar events such as the solstices, equinoxes, and what are thought to be special festival days related to the agricultural cycle of the region. Critical posts also align with the mounds of the site on certain dates. The outer of 3 circles of posts has a diameter of 410 feet with 48 equidistant posts. Each post is about 20 feet high. Equinox and solstice sunrise observations are held at the site on the Sunday morning closest to the event.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: State of Illinois
  • Designer: Cahokia North American Indians
  • Builder: Cahokia North American Indians
  • Construction Date: circa 700-1400 A.D.
 
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