General Interest/Area of Focus
Mera Hertel began seasonal archaeological work for the University of Illinois in 1989, intermittently working for the Department of Anthropology until 1993. From 1993 to 1995 she was employed with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Anthropology Department. In 1995 she returned to U of I permanently and became a valuable part of the ITARP team. Mera has over 15 years of graphic design experience in addition to her substantial understanding of field and laboratory work.
Mera oversees the graphic report and presentation productions for the American Bottom Survey Division, specializing in artifact illustration, photography, and computer graphics. She routinely shares her expertise by training ABSD field photography personnel, and has written the photography section of the ITARP Field Manual. She’s responsible for the processing and storage of the digital field and lab photos, as well as maintaining the historic map archives. She serves as ABSD’s in-house cartographer processing GPS, SDR, GIS, and Illinois site/survey data to create a variety of maps for use by the Belleville staff. As Site File Coordinator she oversees new site/survey submittals to the Illinois State Museum, and maintains the Illinois Archaeological Survey records at the ABSD. When necessary she facilitates in rim profiling and ceramic analysis, field photography & mapping, and field excavations.
Mera’s general areas of interest include the prehistory and history of the American Bottom region in Illinois. Through her photography she has helped to document over 50 local private artifact collections, and is currently working with members of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society in an effort to locate and record lost and forgotten cemeteries.
Mera’s artifact illustrations and maps can be found in the following selected publications:
Transportation Archaeological Research Reports No. 1, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 23.
Koldehoff, Brad and Joseph M. Galloy
Koldehoff, Brad, and John A. Walthall
Galloy, Joseph M.
Koldehoff, Brad, Dawn E. Cobb, and Jack R. Nawrot
Koldehoff, Brad, R. Daniel Boone, and Kris Richards
Koldehoff, Brad, William F. Harrison, Charles W. Markman, Claude Karch
Booth, Donald L. and Brad Koldehoff
Kelly, John E., Brad Koldehoff
Kelly, John E.
Sampling of Mera's Work: