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.
Archeologists claim Cahokia is America’s first melting pot
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
Robert Mazrim, of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, discussed the frontier in the central Illinois region as seen through the eyes of an archaeologist in his presentation “Archaeological Reflections of the American Frontier in Illinois” at Wednesday’s meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society at Dickson Mounds Museum. [Click here to read more]
Results from ISAS's ongoing Mississippian isotope investigations have been published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. The article 'Immigrants at the Mississippian Polity of Cahokia: Strontium Isotope Evidence for Population Movement' is authored by Phil Slater, Kristin Hedman and Thomas E. Emerson. Click to read an interview with Thomas E Emerson (ISAS Director and Illinois State Archaeologist) about their findings.
[posted March 4, 2014]
A new video produced by ISAS highlights ongoing efforts by Brooklyn, Illinois community leaders and ISAS researchers to document and preserve important landmarks of this early African-American settlement.
[posted February 26, 2014]
The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) and the Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials (ATAM) hosted the 2014 Science and Archaeology Symposium on Friday, February 21st, 2014. The Science and Archaeology Symposium provides an opportunity for students and professionals in archaeology and other fields to share innovative research that addresses archaeological questions.
[posted February 25, 2014]
St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh discusses the analysis of the East St. Louis Site with Brad Koldehoff, IDOT Chief Archaeologist and Dr. Joseph Galloy, ISAS Research Coordinator of the American Bottom Field Station.
[posted February 6, 2014]
On November 22, 2013, Governor Quinn formally presented official certificates to the Prairie Research Institute Surveys officially recognizing the important roles the state surveys and the State Scientists have within the Prairie Research Institute. Click here for more.
[posted December 10, 2013]
ISAS Director Thomas Emerson and Prof. Timothy Pauketat (ISAS Survey Affiliate) were invited guests of the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, at the SAF, August 22-27 August, 2013 held in Shanghai, China. Click here for more.
[posted November 30, 2013]
PRI and Forest Preserves District of Cook County join for long-term management of natural and cultural resources
The unprecedented effort will create a powerful mapped database and decision-making system for land management in the Forest Preserves.
[posted November 27, 2013]
A new exhibit at the Western Illinois Museum in Macomb, Illinois, features artifacts excavated by ISAS archaeologists at the early-mid 19th century historic Chenoweth site. Selected objects including bottles, ceramics, coins, and toys illustrate the daily life of early historic occupants in western Illinois. Click here for more information.
[posted November 25, 2013]
One of ISAS’s primary goals is the dissemination of information to both professional and public audiences.
The ISAS annual report is a key aspect of that process
[posted September 27, 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]
Brooklyn, Illinois: Founded by Chance Sustained by Courage
2014 Prairie Lightning Symposium
New summaries of interesting testing and data-recovery investigations undertaken by ISAS staff.
ISAS and Illinois Height Modernization Program
Updated: 03/10/2014 ML