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  • Dr. Thomas E. Emerson becomes Illinois' First State Archaeologist
  • Sacrificial and Common Graves Alike Reveal Diversity in Ancient City of Cahokia
  • Dr. Thomas E. Emerson, State Archaeologist and Director of ISAS presented with 2014 Charles R. McGimsey III - Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award
  • Cahokia's Ceremonial Road Confirmed
  • 200 Years Later: The Burning of Fort Johnson and the War of 1812
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Hunter-Gatherer Violence: New Perspectives from Stable Isotope Analyses in Central California
October 23, 2014

Plains Anthropological Conference
October 29-November 1, 2014

Southeastern Archaeological Conference
November 12-15, 2014

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Archeologists Dig For Clues To African-American History in Brooklyn, Illinois
[updated Oct. 14, 2014]

Dig seeks clues about European, Indian interaction
[updated Oct. 13, 2014]

Digging up the past: Archaeologists working at Holy Family site in Cahokia
[updated Oct. 10, 2014]

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Published Articles

The Kaskaskia Manuscripts: 1708–1816, A Calendar of Civil Documents in Colonial Illinois
by Lawrie Cena Dean and Margaret Kimball Brown

The Allure of the Exotic: Reexamining the Use of Local and Distant Pipestone Quarries in Ohio Hopewell Pipe Caches
by Thomas E. Emerson, Kenneth B. Farnsworth, Sarah U. Wisseman, and Randall E. Hughes




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