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Southern Illinois historic site hosts archaeology conference April 30 – May 1‏

Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site hosts a meeting of experts on the powerful but mysterious Mississippian culture April 30 and May 1. Top archaeologists will discuss the site’s history before, during and after the mounds were built.

The annual meeting of the Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology begins at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 30. The first panel discussion gets underway at 11 a.m. at the Metropolis Community Center.

The day wraps up with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the visitor center at Fort Massac State Park.

On Sunday, May 1, participants will get a guided tour of the mounds, which were built in stages over 350 years. Kincaid Mounds, which has been designated a national historic landmark, was a Mississippian community from around A.D. 1050 to 1400.

Registration for the conference costs $10 per person. For details, see “events” at

Kincaid Mounds lies near the Ohio River on the line between Massac County and Pope County. For

The site is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency with help from the Kincaid Mounds Support Organization. IHPA protects the state’s historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the economy. IHPA sites include ancient burial mounds, forts and buildings erected by settlers, and homes connected to famous Illinoisans.

From Interstate 24, take the Metropolis/Brookport Exit, travel east on US 45 towards Brookport. Before entering Brookport, turn left on Unionville Road and go 6.25 miles through Unionville to New Cut Road. At New Cut Road, turn right (south) and travel 3.6 miles to Kincaid Mounds Road. Turn left (east) onto Kincaid Mounds Road and go .6 mile to the observation platform.  GPS location 37° 4’47.10″N 88°29’25.53″W.