Archeology Day at Cahokia Mounds

Fun Ways to Learn About the Ancient Culture That Thrived Along the Mississippi

Photo by David O'Brien

Cahokia Mounds is one of the top free attractions in the St. Louis area and the perfect place to learn about the ancient Native Americans that lived along the banks of the Mississippi River. Cahokia Mounds welcomes visitors all year long, but for a more engaging experience, consider making a visit during the annual Archeology Day in August.

Date, Location and Admission

Archeology Day is held each summer in early August. In 2016, it's Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many of the activities and demonstrations are held outside or in tents on the grounds.

Admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for children.

What You'll See and Do

Archeology Day is the chance for visitors to get a more in-depth look at some of the skills and techniques used by the Native Americans who lived in Cahokia more than 800 years ago. There are demonstrations of basket making, hide tanning, fire building and more. Visitors can also watch spear throwing and other ancient games, take tours of the mounds and learn more about the artifacts found at the site.

About Cahokia Mounds

Cahokia Mounds is the most important archeological site in the St. Louis area. It was once home to the most advanced Native American civilization north of Mexico. The United Nations has recognized the significance of the site, designating it a World Heritage Site in 1982.

The outdoor grounds of Cahokia Mounds are open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk. The Interpretive Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is closed on Monday and Tuesday. For more information, see my Visitor's Guide to Cahokia Mounds.

Other Cahokia Events

Cahokia Mounds offers many free special events throughout the year. There are Indian Market Days in the spring and fall, Kids Day in May and the Contemporary Indian Art Show in July. Cahokia Mounds also hosts quarterly sunrise ceremonies to mark the Fall Equinox, Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice. For more information on these and other events, see the Cahokia Mounds calendar.

More to Do in August

Archeology Day at Cahokia Mounds is just one of the many events and activities happening in the St. Louis area in August. The summer wraps up with popular celebrations like the Festival of Nations in Tower Grove Park, Festival of the Little Hills in St. Charles and the YMCA Book Fair in St. Louis County. Find out more about these events and others happening this month in Top Things to Do in August in St. Louis.