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Mounds

Below is an illustrated index of the 9 Mounds profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Cahokia Mounds
    Illinois, USA
    The center of Mississipian Indian culture from 900 to 1300 AD, Cahokia was the largest pre-Columbian community in North America and produced several ritual earthwork mounds.
  • Dowth
    County Meath, Ireland
    Dowth is the least known of three passage tombs in Brú na Bóinne, Ireland. Unlike its neighbors, Dowth has not been thoroughly excavated and is not open to visitors. Fine megalithic art has already been discovered inside.
  • Gamla Uppsala
    Uppsala, Sweden
    This was one of the most important sacred sites in Scandinavia, hosting human sacrifices and fiery royal funerals. The first Swedish cathedral was built over the pagan temple in the 11th century.
  • Hill of Tara
    County Meath, Ireland
    The Teamhair na Rí ("Hill of the King") is a stretch of grassy landscape that has played a central role in Ireland's history, legend, and folklore.
  • Knowth
    County Meath, Ireland
    Dating from about 3000 BC, Knowth consists of a large central mound surrounded by several smaller ones. It is especially important for its rich collection of megalithic art.
  • Krakus and Wanda Mounds
    Krakow, Poland
    These two prehistoric man-made mounds add a bit of mystery to Krakow's skyline. Their purpose remains unknown, but both are perfectly astronomically aligned with the sunrises of important Celtic days.
  • Ocmulgee
    Georgia, USA
    Located in Macon, Georgia, Ocmulgee National Monument includes several burial mounds and an earth lodge built by the Mississippian people around 900-950 AD.
  • Serpent Mound
    Ohio, USA
    This man-made earthwork in the shape of a long, uncoiling serpent a quarter of a mile long was created between 1000 and 1500 AD for unknown purposes. It is now protected in a state park in Ohio.
  • Silbury Hill
    Wiltshire, England
    Located near Avebury, this is the largest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe. It was created around 2660 BC and stands 130 feet high. Its purpose remains mysterious.