COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (IRN) – Starting Sunday, the days get longer.

The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site at Collinsville is observing the Winter Solstice at 7 a.m. Sunday at its“Woodhenge,” a reproduction of a centuries-old solar calendar.

“Most likely, there was someone we might refer to as a ‘sun priest,’ who was the keeper of the Woodhenge and the seasonal calendar, and I imagine there were certain chants and dances associated with that,” says Bill Iseminger, assistant site manager for the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

While Sunday’s event will include material about the discovery, form, and function of Woodhenge, it will not be a ritual or ceremony, out of respect to the Native American culture and beliefs.

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