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Richard Morris Hund Fellowship Recipient
Tours Cahokia with ISAS

On August 17th, Dr. Joseph Galloy, Research Coordinator at ISAS’s American Bottom Field Station, played host to Ms. Elsa Ricaud on her visit to Cahokia Mounds and the American Bottom. Ricaud, a preservation architect from Paris, France, is the 2012 French recipient of the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship—a 6 month long Franco-American exchange program for preservation architects. Her fellowship topic is the preservation of earthen architecture in the United States. Previously, Ricaud worked with rammed-earth structures in China and is currently exploring a wide variety of prehistoric and historic architecture in the United States.

Ricaud’s overall goal was understanding Mississippian mound construction and the issues involved with their preservation. ISAS hosted her visit and Galloy ably discussed American Bottom mound construction techniques and the recent slumping problems at Monks Mound. They were joined by IHPA’s Mark Esarey and Bill Iseminger for a continued discussion of the Monks Mound slumping and the agency’s stabilization attempts.


Richard Morris Hund Fellowship
Left to right: Bill Iseminger, Elsa Ricaud, Dr. Mark Esarey, and Joseph Galloy.

More information about the fellowship program can be found online:

Or visit Ricaud’s blog to hear about her visit:


[posted September 5, 2012]






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