Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is gearing up for the Winter Solstice and the return of Woodhenge. Woodhenge is a man-made sun calendar similar to those used to mark the seasons by people in ancient civilizations. Sun watchers will gather at 7am Sunday December 21 to watch dawn break over Woodhenge.
During an interview with The Big Z, Assistant Site Manager Bill Iseminger speculates as to how the Winter Solstice would have been celebrated at "Woodhenge" 1,000 years ago:
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Iseminger says that the sun calendar was a very significant tool used by ancient peoples and that it was used to identify both the vernal and autumnal equinoxes and the summer and winter solstices. You can find out more about Woodhenge or other events taking place at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site by calling 346-5160 or following the link: http://www.cahokiamounds.org/