Curation staff handle all aspects of ISAS collections management for materials from approximately 5,000 archaeological sites—transfers, proper storage practices, and security. IDOT projects generate 90% of the artifacts. ISAS curation practices conform to the standards set forth in “Curation of Federally-Owned and Administered Collections” (36 CFR Part 79). The text of this seminal legislation is available here: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/tools/laws/36CFR79.htm
As part of our commitment to scientific investigation and education, collections stewarded by ISAS, most IDOT project-generated, are made available to institutions and researchers. Graduate students and professional archaeologists alike have benefitted from access to artifacts and documents held in Curation.
ISAS partners with several institutions to create exhibits that highlight IDOT work throughout Illinois. Curation procures and tracks display materials from ISAS collections ranging from artifact replicas to prehistoric and historic implements. Exhibit items are currently on view at the Cahokia Mounds Museum, the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Monroe, Missouri.
The following ISAS policies are available upon request. Please contact Dr. Laura Kozuch, curator (217) 333-0263:
For more information on archaeological curation: