An all-day bus tour later this month will offer an in-depth look at some of the oldest Native American sites in Illinois. The March 30 tour begins and ends at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, but assistant site manager Bill Iseminger says guests will see many more sites around the region.

“What we call the American Bottom, the Bottomlands, around Collinsville, Ill.,” Iseminger said. “Probably from around Mitchell, Ill. on the north to Columbia, Ill. on the south.”


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Iseminger says visitors will be able to get out and explore some of the sites, which predate European settlement of Illinois by several centuries. The tour follows a route once taken by archaeologist Greg Perino, who researched the area for more than 50 years.

The cost of the tour is $30 per person. The deadline for reservations is March 25, and you can get a seat by calling the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site at (618) 345-6454.

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