(December 21, 2018)

The Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (CMMS), the support group of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, has been awarded a $100,000 Digital Projects for the Humanities Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The Cahokia Mounds Museum Society will use the digital projects grant to develop a functional prototype of an augmented reality application that will be available for smart phones and other platforms, and an educational website featuring the Cahokia Mounds site.

Using the application, as visitors look through the lens of their smartphone from the top of the 10-story Monks Mound, GPS tracking will identify hotspots which, when activated, will enable visitors to “see” structures once visible on the pre-Columbian landscape superimposed on the modern landscape. In addition, an educational website will include video and other content about the ancient Cahokia Mounds site and its associated sites.