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Free event to focus on ancient, mysterious Stone Forts of southern IL

Giant City State Park - Stonefort wall. (Source: Giant City State Park - Stonefort wall. (Source:

The Shawnee National Forest has several ancient sites that fascinate visitors, and a local historian will offer some insight into the mysterious stone forts of southern Illinois.

The stone forts are walls of heavy stones which may have served as ceremonial meetings places in the distant past.

According to the Department of Natural Resources website  while the structures are called stone forts, their true use is unknown. IDNR says there are only 10 stone fort sites in southern Illinois. Experts believe they were built by Native Americans during the Late Woodland Period from approximately 600 – 900 AD.

Presenter Mark Motsinger is writing a book, “Mysterious Stone Fortifications of Southern Illinois.”

Motsinger has discovered a previously unknown stone fort south of Carrier Mills and was named the Illinois State History Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Historical Society.

Motsinger teaches history at Carrier Mills-Stonefort High School, but will offer a special class to the public on Tuesday, August 11 at 6 p.m. at the Giant City Park Visitors’ Center located at 235 Giant City Road in Makanda, Illinois.

The seminar sponsored by the Friends of Giant City is free and open to the public.

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