Saturday, January 02, 2016

A Look Back at 2015: Mysterious Stone Walls of Southern Illinois


    "In several southeastern Illinois counties there exists collections of large boulders that, often, seem out of place with the surrounding landscape.  Scientists have determined that these pre-date the fall of the Roman Empire.  Who built these?  How and why were they built?  We are not certain, and Carrier Mills history teacher Mark Motsinger has been studying these mysterious stone walls and is in the process of writing a book about these structures.  Here is Mark talking with WSIU's Kevin Boucher about these:
    "Last week we heard about the existence of numerous prehistoric stone walls in southern Illinois from Mark Motsinger, a History teacher at Carrier Mills High School.  In this feature, Mark tells us more about these structures, which were built before the more well know Cahokia Mounds.  We will also hear about evidence that suggests that there were humans living in southern Illinois between one-thousand and three-thousand B.C.  In the spring of 2014 Mark received the Olive Foster Outstanding Teacher Award by the Illinois State Historical Society:"
 "To learn more about one of these stone structures near Makanda visit:"

"Mark Motsinger is a history and social studies teacher in the Carrier Mills-Stonefort School district. In the spring of 2014 he received the Olive Foster Outstanding Illinois History Teacher award given by the Illinois State Historical Society (which Mark attributes to his work regarding the "Stone Walls, as he states in the audio)."

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