Archaeology Talk at Dickson Mounds Museum
Lewistown, IL – On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, Lawrence Conrad, Emeritus professor, Western Illinois University, will discuss recent and ongoing research in Illinois Archaeology at 7:00 p.m. in the Illinois State Museum—Dickson Mounds auditorium.
Since the 1930s Illinois has been at the forefront of American archaeology and still is. This presentation will touch upon a few of the ongoing and recently completed projects from across the state. These projects illustrate some of the methods and techniques used by archaeologists and physical anthropologists to expand our understanding of Illinois’ prehistoric peoples. Drawing on information from a variety of sources—surface survey, excavation, the study of existing collections of artifacts, animal and plant remains, and human skeletal remains; remote sensing of buildings and fortifications, trace-element analysis of lithic material, and DNA studies—scholars and amateurs alike continue to make significant discoveries. Their finds illuminate our understanding of human history in Illinois and the forces that have shaped human culture throughout the world. There will also be a discussion of the desperate need to preserve the East St. Louis Mound Group, a portion of the Cahokia site, which was long thought destroyed, but has recently been discovered to be largely intact.
IVAS programs are free of charge and the public is welcome. For more information call 309.547.3721.