Alli Huber wins Jeanette Stephens Award

Alli Huber and Steve Kuehn
Alli Huber (left) and Steve Kuehn (right).

Alli Huber is selected as the 2015 IAS Jeanette Stephens Award winner for best graduate student paper. The award is sponsored by the Illinois Archaeology Survey and will be presented at the Midwest Archaeological Conference. Huber submitted the paper entitled, Zooarchaeological Analysis of the Bland Site: Interpreting Subsistence Behavior in the West-Central Region of Illinois. Huber recently analyzed the faunal assemblage from the Bland site (11MS923), a small farmstead in Madison County occupied ca 1841-1920. The first part of the paper presents the faunal data from Bland and interpret subsistence patterns at the site-level. The second part of the paper compares these findings to 10 other contemporaneous sites in the west-central region of Illinois, identifying subsistence behavior at the regional-level (similar to Steve Kuehn’s (2007) interpretations of the dietary patterns in the northeastern region of the state). Using the data from each region Huber came to the conclusion that subsistence behaviors in the west-central region are most consistent with an Upland South diet (rather than a Northeastern or Yankee diet, which predominates in the northeastern region of Illinois) and that, of the numerous factors that may have influenced dietary choices for people in this region, it appears that three factors–habitat loss and resource depletion, development of a market economy, and cultural assimilation were the most influential. As the winner of the award Huber will be presenting her paper at the 2015 Midwest Archaeology Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.