Native Mounds as World Heritage

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Penn Museum

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Great Lecture Series

A millennium ago, Native people constructed over 120 earthen mounds at the site of Cahokia, a World Heritage site in Illinois. Built entirely by hand, the largest of these constructions towered 100 feet over a city that was more densely populated than the contemporary medieval city of London. Over two thousand years before Cahokia’s construction, Native people in Louisiana built Poverty Point, another World Heritage site, and one of the only earthwork complexes that rivals Cahokia’s size and complexity--and they did so without agriculture or permanent settlements. These sites highlight the incredible engineering ability of ancient Americans, and remind us that we don’t need a passport to visit sites of outstanding universal value. Live Online and Onsite at the Penn Museum

Speaker: Megan C. Kassabaum, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UPenn

$15 General | $10 Member | $5 Virtual Live Streaming Option

Illustration by artist Steven N. Patricia