These Are the Most Incredible Archeological Sites in America

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado: Known for its well-preserved cliff dwellings, Mesa Verde was once home to ancestral Puebloans who lived in these impressive structures over 700 years ago.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico: This UNESCO World Heritage Site features ancient Puebloan ruins, including multi-story buildings, kivas (ceremonial structures), and an extensive network of roads.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Illinois: Located near St. Louis, Missouri, Cahokia was one of the largest pre-Columbian urban centers in North America, with massive earthen mounds and plazas constructed by the Mississippian culture.

Moundville Archaeological Site, Alabama: Moundville preserves the remains of a major Mississippian chiefdom, featuring large earthen mounds, a central plaza, and evidence of a sophisticated society.

Makauwahi Cave, Hawaii: This archaeological site on the island of Kauai contains fossilized remains of ancient Hawaiian plants and animals, providing insights into the island's ecological history.

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah/Colorado: Hovenweep showcases a collection of ancient Puebloan villages, including square and circular towers built on canyon rims and boulder outcrops.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Arizona: Casa Grande preserves the remains of a four-story adobe structure built by the ancient Hohokam people around 1350 CE.

Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, Georgia: This site features a series of earthen mounds built by the Mississippian culture, along with a reconstructed village area that offers insights into the daily life of the inhabitants.

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