Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials

Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials

Mission Statement

The Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials program (ATAM) is the archaeological sciences research arm of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS). Our mission is to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary research between archaeology and the natural and physical sciences, and the social sciences and humanities within the Prairie Research Institute and the University of Illinois.

Contact ATAM

Killarney Research Annex
726 W. Killarney St.
Urbana, Il 61801

ATAM Announcements

5th Science and Archaeology Symposium
The Science in Archaeology Symposium will be hosted by the Illinois State Archaeological Survey’s Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials (ATAM), Prairie Research Institute. This one-day conference will be held 8:30 AM–4:30 PM, Friday, February 23, 2018 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, IL. Click here for more information.

ATAM Student Mini-grants in Archaeometry
The ISAS Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials (ATAM) awarded 2 graduate students mini-grants, Alyssa Bader and Karthik Yarlagadda.
These mini-grants in Archaeometry are intended to assist UIUC undergraduate or graduate students conduct archaeometric studies related to MA or PhD theses or capstone projects. Awards will not exceed $500 and are to be used for analysis conducted at UIUC laboratories/facilities. Funding is provided by ISAS, a Division of the Prairie Research Institute. Collaborative projects are encouraged and students outside of archaeology are urged to apply.


See the 2017 ATAM Student Mini-grant recipients...

2015 Mini-grant recipients

2014 Mini-grant recipients

ATAM Research

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) curates a variety of archaeological materials from across the state. Recent special projects include multidisciplinary analysis of prehistoric dog remains (Dr. Joseph Galloy), mastadon teeth (Steve Kuehn), canine coprolites (Dr. Andrew Fortier), and ancient uncarbonized squash seeds (Mary Simon). These materials are studied to better understand paleoecology of the state as well as plant and animal domestication in later prehistory. Click here to read more about ATAM research.