Mitchell Archaeological Site (Mitchell, Illinois)

Mitchell Archeological Site

Section north of Interstate 270
Location Western end of University Dr., Mitchell, Illinois
Coordinates 38°42′15″N 90°4′7″W / 38.70417°N 90.06861°W / 38.70417; -90.06861Coordinates: 38°42′15″N 90°4′7″W / 38.70417°N 90.06861°W / 38.70417; -90.06861
Area 22.6 acres (9.1 ha)
NRHP Reference # 78001168[1]
Added to NRHP February 7, 1978

The Mitchell Archaeological Site is a pre-Columbian archaeological site located at the western end of University Drive in Mitchell, Illinois. The site includes a platform mound and the remains of a village; while it once included several other mounds, they have been destroyed by modern activity. Mississippian peoples inhabited the site c. 1150-1200. The site is affiliated with the Cahokia settlement system and was the largest site in the system except for Cahokia itself. However, the majority of the site was destroyed by the construction of Interstate 270; known information about the site mainly comes from salvage excavations conducted before the highway was built.[2]

The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 7, 1978.[1]


  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. Bodner, Connie. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Mitchell Archeological Site. National Park Service, 1976-08.

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