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Fort dig hits pay dirt
Forgotten fort was a part of the War of 1812
'No one's touched this in 200 years': Archaeological crews search Fort Johnson site in Warsaw
ISAS Senior Staff Recognized by Professional Organizations
Archeologists Dig For Clues To African-American History in Brooklyn, Illinois
Dig seeks clues about European, Indian interaction
Digging up the past: Archaeologists working at Holy Family site in Cahokia
Archaeologists Dig in Brooklyn, IL for Signs of Slave-Freeing Founder Priscilla Baltimore
Brooklyn, founded by former slaves, may be listed as national historic site
Archaeologists uncover nearly 1,000 year old village in Murphysboro
Kathy Lawton Brown from the Radio Arts Foundation interviews Dr. Joseph Galloy, Miranda Yancey-Bailey, and Nathaniel O'Bannon III about ongoing efforts to promote the African-American historical legacy of Brooklyn, Illinois
Excavation at airport uncovers ancient artifacts
A Day in the Life of an Archaeology Field Station
Harvesting the Past: The Illinois Ancient Artifacts Project
Cahokia’s Ceremonial Road Confirmed
Transportation Corridors: Layers of Roads, Layers of History by Brad H. Koldehoff
Vermilion County mounds may be connected to Cahokia
[posted April 15, 2014]
ISAS assists development of Warner Collection exhibit at the Ballard Nature Center
[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]
This successful project, carried out with the efforts of many individuals from several organizations, has resulted not only in important new archaeological information but has transformed a formerly badly disturbed and eroded mound to its former shape that can once again serve as a reminder and a respected symbol of Illinois’ prehistoric past. [Read more]
[posted March 11, 2014]
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. [Read more]
[posted March 10, 2014]
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. Cooperative efforts between ISAS researchers Miranda Yancey-Bailey and Dr. Joseph Galloy and Brooklyn community leaders such as Roberta Thompson Foster have led to the inclusion of the Quinn A.M.E. chapel in Brooklyn into the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, sponsored by the National Park Service.
[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. [Click to read synopsis and listen to the interview]
[posted February 6, 2014]
Chenoweth museum display
[updated January 2, 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.
[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]
[posted October 21, 2013]
[wuis.org, October 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.
Chris Sabo, a film student at the time, created this video about ISAS excavations in East St. Louis ahead of the construction of a new Mississippi River bridge (now known as the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge).
ISAS researchers application for chapel in Brooklyn, IL for inclusion in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom accepted by the National Park Service
[American Archaeology, Spring 2013]
[Stltoday.com January 30, 2013]
[University of Illinois LAS News January 2013]
ISAS researchers to submit chapel in Brooklyn, IL for inclusion in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
[stltoday.com January 3, 2013]
[stltoday.com January 2, 2013]
[News Bureau, University of Illinois December 18, 2012]
[The News Gazette November 29, 2012]
[November 21, 2012]
Academic Minute with Dr. Thomas E. Emerson (ISAS Director) on Ritual Black Drink Consumption at Cahokia
[Inside Higher Ed November 15, 2012]
ISAS archaeologists have been searching for the "Illinois River Blockhouse" this past year. Documentary research and advanced scouting efforts identified a stone foundation suspected as being part of the blockhouse.
[October 10, 2012]
This fall, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey will resumed its investigations at one of the most significant French colonial sites in the Midwest: the site of the 1732 Fort de Chartres.
[October 1, 2012]
Representatives from the University of Illinois and volunteers worked on an archeological dig in a wooded area between Grafton and Pere Marquette State Park which is suspected to be a block house used to monitor the Illinois River at the onset of the War of 1812. Part of the block foundation was being uncovered as the archeologists looked for definitive evidence of a military presence, such as a military uniform button or weapon parts.
[The Telegraph (Alton) September 24, 2012]
September is Archaeology Awareness Month in Illinois. This year's theme highlights the archaeology of the War of 1812 in the Illinois County. Since 2003 ISAS has been involved in excavations at Fort Johnson in Warsaw, Illinois.
[September 17, 2012]
[September 17, 2012]
[September 7, 2012]
[September 6, 2012]
[September 5, 2012]
[September 4, 2012]
Summary and Highlights of ISAS work in 2011
[University of Illinois News Bureau Release, August 6, 2012]
[STL Beacon July 18, 2012]
[NPR June 2, 2012]
[May 25, 2012]
[March 27, 2012]
[March 27, 2012]
Advisory Council for Historic Preservation Picks the Recent Illinois FHWA-IDOT/MOA on Historic Archaeology Sites as a Case Study Example of a "Best Practices" for Nationwide SHPOs
The selection of a recently executed Statewide Programmatic Agreement for the Mitigation of Adverse Effects to Euro-American Tradition Archaeological Sites in the State of Illinois by the ACHP is an mark of the quality and professionalism of IDOT's Transportation Archaeology program under the leadership of of Dr. John Walthall (recently retired) and Brad Koldehoff, IDOT. Click here for copy of ACHP announcement [Link].
Digging up Dirt on a Lost City
Updated: 10/30/2014 ML