Steve Boles

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Steve Boles

Steve Boles

Research Archaeologist

M.A. Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
B.A. Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
A.A. Rend Lake College

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 (618) 394-0221
 Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


General Interests

My general focus and expertise is in lithic studies spanning Midwestern prehistory, Plains Paleo, and public outreach. Outreach is heavily aimed at avocational groups, recording private collections, distributing educational material, giving presentations, and providing instruction and assistance in caring for cultural resources and material. I’m also interested in Mississippian iconography, geophysical survey, and material culture in general and how these avenues of research can offer insights into community organization and identity.

Current Projects and Research

Supervised analysis of lithic material recovered by the Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) between 2008 and 2012 from the East Saint Louis Mound Complex. Analysis recently completed and currently writing a lithics chapter for a summary volume and a data based lithics volume.

Finalizing work on an Illinois Point and Chert Guide to be published by ISAS in 2015. Writing responsibilities included numerous projectile point narratives, and various cultural aspects and life ways presented in sidebars.

Conducting analyses for publication of ceramic, lithic, and faunal material recovered from surface collections from the Linn-Heilig site in Union County, Illinois and the Orr-Herl site in Hardin County, Illinois.

Selected Presentations

2014 Owls and Human Heads: Mississippian Fluorite Beads of the Lower Ohio Valley. Paper presented at the June meeting of the Middle Cumberland Archaeological Society in Nashville, Tennessee.

2014 Prehistory of the Cahokia to Kaskaskia Trail. Paper presented to the Monroe County Historical Society, October 18th.

2014 Exploring Distant Connections and Influences at the East St. Louis Mound Complex. Poster presented at the 2014 Prairie Lightning Symposium, March 20th. Co-authors Jenna Ely and Justin Wallace.

2014 Anthropogenic Landscape Events at the East St. Louis Mound Complex. Paper presented at the 60th annual meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Co-author Lenna Nash.

2014 Supernaturals in the Confluence Region. Paper presented at the 71st annual meeting of the Southeast Archaeological Conference in Greenville, South Carolina.

2012 “Preliminary Interpretations of Exotic Artifacts Recovered from a Stirling Phase Mississippian Feature at the East St. Louis Mound Center.” Paper presented at 2012 annual Illinois Archaeological Survey meeting in Champaign, Illinois. Co-authors: Mera Hertel, August Traeger, John Petzing, Laura Kozuch, Dewayne Scheid.

2012 “Exotic Cultural Material and Crafting at the East St. Louis Mound Complex”. Paper presented at the 69th annual Southeast Archaeological Conference in Baton Rouge, La. Co-authors: Thomas E. Emerson and H. Blaine Ensor.

2010 “Feature 181: A Burnt Stirling Phase Structure at East St. Louis.” Co-author Erin Benson. Paper presented at the 67th annual meeting of the Southeast Archaeological Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, October 29, 2010.

2010 “The Discovery, Acquisition, and Conservation of a 14th Century Dugout Canoe from Northeast Arkansas.” Co-author Bill Iseminger. Paper presented by Iseminger at the Cahokia/Mississippian Archaeological Conference at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville, Illinois, July 31, 2010.

2010 “Thunder on the Ohio: Connections to Cahokia” paper presented at the Cahokia/Mississippian Archaeological Conference at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville, Illinois, July 31, 2010.

2009 “Lithic Connections Between Cahokia, Kincaid, and the Midsouth.” Lead author Brad Koldehoff. Paper presented at the Kincaid Field Conference, Metropolis, Illinois, July 25, 2009.

2008 “Two Recent Celt Cache Discoveries in the American Bottom.” Co-author Tim Pauketat and presented at the 2008 Cahokia Conference at the Cahokia Mounds Museum, Collinsville, Illinois, July 26, 2008.

2008 “Relating the Dr. Riser-Healy “Cache” to the Colby Complex” co-authors George Frison and Marvin Kay. Paper presented at the 66th annual Plains Anthropological Conference at University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming, October 1–4, 2008.

2008 “Fluorite Workshops at Kincaid and Cahokia Mounds” presented at the 65th meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 12–15, 2008.

Selected Articles and Technical Reports

2014 Perino Knives: In Honor of Gregory Perino. Central States Archaeological Journal 61(4).

2014 Midwestern Hand Axes: Rare or Rarely Recognized. Illinois State Archaeological Society February newsletter.

2014 Owls and Human Heads: In Search of the Ancient Bead-makers of the Lower Ohio River. Ohio River Scenic Byways summer 2014.

2013 Education Equals Appreciation: Never Stop Learning. Illinois State Archaeological Society Volume 4 newsletter.

2013 “Archaeological Investigations at Site 11WM80 (Broglio Site) for the FAU 903/FAU 9588, Herrin to Johnston City Blacktop Project.” Archaeological Testing Short Report No. 425 with lead author Joseph Galloy and secondary junior authors Lenna Nash and Charles O. Witty. Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2011 Sourcing the St. Francois Raptor Figurine. Thomas E. Emerson, lead author. Illinois Archaeology Journal, Vol. 23.

2011 Thunder on the Ohio: Introducing Storms-as-he Walks, Red Horn’s Companion. Central States Archaeological Journal, Vol. 58, No. 4.

2011 Discovery, Recovery, and Preservation of a 100-year Old Dugout From Northeast Arkansas: The Guth Dugout. Co-author Bill Iseminger. Illinois Antiquity. Vol. 46, No. 2

2010 “The Lewis Figurine from the Southern American Bottom.” Illinois Archaeology Journal 22(2).

2010  “Contextualizing Flint Clay Cahokia Figures at the East St. Louis Mound Center.” Thomas E. Emerson, lead author, Illinois Archaeology Journal 22(2).

2008 “Preservation of the Pearson Cache” article in Central States Archaeological Journal, Vol. 54, Jan. 2008, No. 1.

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