Cahokia: New Insights

  • Cahokia mound
    Cahokia mound

Explore the architecture and culture of Cahokia.

September 16–21, 2018

Sold out! To be placed on the waiting list, call 800.422.8975, ext. 457.  At the same time Chaco was at its height of influence, the mound-building Mississippian people were also at the zenith of their civilization in the Midwest. Explore Cahokia, the focal point of Mississippian culture in A.D. 1050. With our expert scholars, learn how Cahokia developed as a hierarchical society, evidenced by public works, mortuary practices, and material culture.


  • Explore the architecture and culture that defined Cahokia.
  • Learn about Midwestern archaeology as it relates to Chaco and Mesoamerica.
  • Find out how the Cahokia influence shadowed the outlying mound builders, helping some to thrive, and others to wither.

About this Program

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. What to Expect
  4. Details

Gerardo GutierrezGerardo Gutierrez, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado, specializes in Mesoamerican archaeology. His research interests include the spatial analysis of political and territorial competition of Mesoamerican polities previous to, and during the expansion of, the Aztec Empire



Steve LeksonStephen H. Lekson, Ph.D., is professor of anthropology and curator of archaeology at the University of Colorado. He has proposed many of the most provocative theories of Southwestern archaeology, including his contention that the ceremonial center of Chaco Canyon moved first to Aztec Ruins and then to Casas Grandes (Paquime).



Timothy PauketatTimothy Pauketat,Ph.D., professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, studies the historical relationships between identity, religion,politics, and everyday life in ancient North America. For the past 14 years, Tim’s research on Mississippian culture at Cahokia has influenced archaeologists’ understanding of the development of social complexity.



All nights are spent in comfortable hotels and motels. Shared accommodations based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for an additional fee of $375.

Discover the latest research on the empires of Chaco, Cahokia, and Mesoamerica. There are some physical requirements associated with this trip. Please read below to learn more:

Some walking and hiking on uneven terrain can be expected. The most strenuous activity will be hiking up a series of staircases at Monk’s Mound, the largest earthwork in North America (100-foot elevation gain). You must be comfortable with standing for long periods of time while visiting cultural resources and engaging in conversations. You must also be comfortable with sitting for an extended period of time while driving to other locations. The longest drive is approximately two hours. The elevation during the trip may increase to above 1000 ft. If you are concerned about your ability to do any of these activities, please consult your physician.

Tuition is per person and based on shared accommodations. Tuition includes scholar honorarium, accommodations, meals listed, entry fees and permits, most gratuities, and transportation from arrival in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 16, 2018, until departure from St. Louis on September 21, 2018. Transportation to and from St. Louis is your responsibility.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing to Crow Canyon Sales and Enrollment Specialist, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321-9408, or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cancellations become effective on the date received. The following penalty schedule applies: On or before July 16, 2018, $200 handling fee; after July 16, 2018, forfeiture of all payments.

Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policy

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center's programs and admission practices are open to applicants of any race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California CST 2059347-50

Tuition & Reservation

$3,095 (member*)
$3,220 (nonmember)
*Minimum $100 level (see Membership)

Deposit: $400
Balance due: July 16, 2018

Cancellation policy:
Cancellation on or before July 16, 2018, $200 handling fee; after July 16, 2018, forfeiture of all payments. See details tab for more information.

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     M–F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mountain Time)

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