On March 10, 2019, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) held the symposium "Anthropocene. Archaeology of the Present," in collaboration with Washington University in St. Louis, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH), and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (HKW). The location, the ancient city of Cahokia—just outside St. Louis, Missouri—was the largest political center before European contact with what is now the United States.
"Mississippi. An Anthropocene River" is a project by the HKW and the MPIWG in collaboration with numerous international partners, funded by the Max Planck Society and the German Federal Foreign Office as part of the initiative #WunderbarTogether.