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

Mark Motsinger
Carrier Mills History Teacher Mark Motsinger amidst the remains of an ancient stone wall

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.

*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.

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