Mystery Explored: America’s Pyramids
Expedition Dates: July 1 - 13, 2005


By the 16th century, the Spanish conquistadors had conquered the Incas of South America and the Aztecs of Mexico.  Seemingly invincible, they looked to North America next.  They left a trail of destruction from Florida to the Mississippi River, but then – among a sophisticated community of pyramid-building Native Americans, the conquistadors met their match. Who were these people and how did they fight off––and defeat––what was then the most powerful army in the world?  The secret is in the pyramids.  I traveled through Illinois, Mississippi, and Louisiana to climb these great earthen mounds on a quest to unlock the secrets of America’s pyramids.

Sponsoring Institution: The History Channel

Experts involved:
Mr. Archie Eschborn, Author
Mr. Charles Poole, Vice President, James Construction Group
Dr. Dick Boyd, Director, Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology Association
Dr. Jeffrey M. Mitchen, Archaeologist, Arkansas Archaeological Society
Dr. John E. Kelly, Archaeologist, Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. T.R. Kidder, Anthropologist, Washington University in St. Louis
Mr. Bob Peters, Paramotor instructor
Mr. Eric DuFour, Paramotor trainer & safety specialist
Mr. Grayhawk Perkins, Historian, United Houma Nation

Locations Visited:
Natchez, Mississippi
Rock Lake, Wisconsin
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Illinois
Parkin Archaeological State Park, Arkansas
Poverty Point State History Site, Louisiana



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