Mound 72 Arrow Points

Image of arrow points from Mound 72 at the Cahokia Mounds site.
Exquisitely crafted points buried as a tribute to an influential leader

This selection of arrow points is part of a much larger cache of several hundred arrowheads, all of exceptional craftsmanship and made with a variety of materials. They were discovered in a burial in Mound 72 at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near East St. Louis, Illinois, almost 50 years ago. The points originated from distant places like Oklahoma, Tennessee, southern Illinois, and Wisconsin. They probably were offered in tribute to a person of great importance who was buried there. They demonstrate relationships developed between the City of Cahokia and trading partners located hundreds of miles away.

Excavations show Mound 72 was originally a series of smaller mounds that were later reshaped into a single mound. The site was excavated between 1967 and 1971. Two hundred fifty persons were found buried in Mound 72, including the person described above. Many of the people found in Mound 72 may have been sacrificed and buried alongside one or more important people.

Mound 72 was first mapped in 1882, where it appeared as a structure about 10 feet high. The current mound is a reconstruction. It is about 140 feet long and 72 feet wide. Visit the Cahokia Mounds website here.

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