Cahokia Mounds to hold workshop on Mississippian ceramics

News-DemocratJuly 26, 2013 

The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is planning a pottery workshop to help visitors learn techniques used by the Mississippian Indians more than 1,000 years ago.

The workshop will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 at the site's Interpretive Center auditorium.

Chris Dunn will show participants the coil technique to form pottery and the way Mississippians used clay mixed with burned, crushed mussel shell. Dunn has art degrees from Southern Illinois University and California State University and became interested in Mississippian ceramics after visiting the Kincaid Mounds site in southern Illinois. He began researching and experimenting with the replication of the prehistoric pottery found there using only the methods known to have been employed by these ancient potters.

The fee to participate is $30, payable to Chris Dunn on the day of the workshop. All materials will be provided.

To register, call 346-5160 and leave your name and telephone number.

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