LED lighted display box for 1,000 year old Cahokia Mound Spider Pendant

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Project by DaleMaley posted 11-25-2021 01:21 PM 471 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always been fascinated by the Native Americans that built the Cahokia Mound complex just outside St. Louis back around 800 to 1200 AD. This complex may have had around 40,000 inhabitants and would have been the largest city on the planet back in that era. Scientists are still trying to figure out why this complex eventually became abandoned. For more details on Cahokia, use this link.

In a burial at Cahokia, they found a 3 inch diameter shell that had a spider painted on it, and it was worn around the neck as a pendant. Early native Americans worshipped the spiders that built the concentric rings. The spider image has been found at other Native American sites including Dickson Mounds, Illinois.

I decided to convert the 3 inch shell with the spider image to a 12 inch diameter lighted stained glass panel. I used an octagon box design from pine to make the light box chamber, then installed 2 rounds of LED light strip inside. Two rounds around the inside of the box chamber provides plenty of light for this project.

For more details on this project, see my woodworking web site using this link.

It was kind of neat to think I was modifying the original work done by a Cahokia mound builder about 1,000 years ago :)

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 11-25-2021 03:14 PM

Nice work. The native art is really interesting and great.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 11-25-2021 03:36 PM

I share your fascination Dale. Very nice!

-- Darrel

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#3 posted 11-25-2021 06:36 PM

Very nice !

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#4 posted 11-25-2021 07:14 PM

That looks great. Thanks for the history too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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