The Illinois State Archaeological Survey's mission is to investigate, preserve and interpret the archaeological heritage of Illinois within the contexts of long-term public needs and economic development through our scientific research, landscape preservation, public service, education, and outreach activities.
To serve as the principal repository and source of scientifically-based information and research on the archaeological resources of the state and to proactively utilize this knowledge to assist Illinois' citizens, communities, and institutions in making informed decisions on heritage interpretation, management, and preservation.
Articles on the Multiculturalism of Cahokia
Chenoweth museum display
[updated January 2, 2014]
Williamson County road project sparks archaeological dig
Finishing the Job: Saukenauk
Effort to study mounds and ancient site preservation underway
Rethinking an Ancient Artifact
ISAS researchers to submit chapel in Brooklyn, IL for inclusion in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
Brooklyn, IL History Mix of Oral and Written Traditions
Ancient Treasure Discovered on National Forest in Southern Illinois
Dickson Mounds-20 Years Later
[posted April 15, 2014]
[posted April 7, 2014]
The article 'An Examination of Historic Trade' (by Julian Smith) in the Spring 2014 issue of American Archaeology focuses on Duane Esarey's research of the manufacture and trade networks of historic marine shell ornaments.
[posted March 25, 2014]
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[posted December 10, 2013]
With the August 14th signature of Public Act 098-0346 by Governor Quinn, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) formally became one of the State Scientific Surveys comprising the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois. Dr. Thomas E. Emerson was appointed to fill the new position of State Archaeologist that was created as part of the Act. His 40 years of involvement in Illinois archaeology provides a solid foundation for his new position as Illinois’ first State Archaeologist.
[posted August 22, 2013]
Archaeological Site Discovery Linked to Pierre LaClede, Founder of St. Louis
Archaeological Investigations at the Meneley Mill Site, a 19th Century Saw- and Grist Mill in Vermilion County
Archaeology in our Own Backyard: The East Central Illinois Archaeological Project
The Red Goddess of Cahokia
New summaries of interesting testing and data-recovery investigations undertaken by ISAS staff.
Updated: 04/22/2014 ML