In the early 1960s, museum archaeologist Alan Harn began a whitetail deer observation program that has been carried out to the present. Nearly 6,800 hours were spent in the field recording behavioral patterns of 1,379 whitetail bucks during 50 breeding seasons. This unprecedented volume of data provides new insights into deer breeding patterns.
The ongoing analysis of the Late Woodland component at the Myer-Dickson habitation area of the Dickson Mounds complex has produced significant new information on the Myer-Dickson phase (ca. A.D. 600-800). The 108 pit features (and 200 pits with no ceramics) over 2 ha suggests a large community or repeated reoccupation of the same general area. The homogenous ceramic assemblage is similar to those in some other regions in west-central Illinois but strikingly different from others, such as the Sugar Creek locality and the Sny Bottom in the Mississippi Valley. These results and aspects of settlement and mortuary systems suggest a mosaic of cultural differentiation and interaction in the post-Weaver, pre-Mississippian period.
A large number of scientists are engaged in study of the restoration of Thompson Lake and the terrestrial landscape that encompasses it. On January 28, over 30 researchers will convene at Dickson Mounds Museum to report on the status of their research, addressing topics ranging from the history of the Illinois River to microorganisms that now team in lake water.
The Emiquon Partnership consists of the Illinois Natural History Survey - Stephen A. Forbes Biological Station, Illinois Natural History Survey - Illinois River Biological Field Station, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Museum - Dickson Mounds, The Nature Conservancy, University of Illinois - Springfield - Therkildsen Field Station, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Affiliate Organizations include the Emiquon Audubon Society, Emiquon Corps of Discovery, Havana Nature Center, Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway, and the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society.
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