Jennifer Edwards

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Jennifer Edwards

Jennifer Edwards

Staff Archaeologist

B.A. History, Western Illinois University
M.A. 19th Century American History, Western Illinois University

 Email Jennifer Edwards
 (309) 833-3097
 Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

General Interest/Area of Focus

Jennifer Edwards-Ring’s general interest includes examining interdisciplinary theories, methodological approaches, and applications of material culture studies to historic and prehistoric societies. This would encompass researching, documenting, and interpreting the past through the study of artifacts. She approaches this research by using methods from anthropologist, historians, and museums to study the material culture of a society. Jennifer has used this approach in studying Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, Contact Period, and Frontier sites found throughout Illinois and the Mid-west. She is also interested in educational programming, and utilizing GIS techniques to further archaeological research.


Illinois Archaeological Survey

Current Research

Participating in archaeological surveys and excavations located throughout Western Illinois. These ITARP projects encompass locating, excavating and documenting prehistoric and historic sites.

Reviewing and revisiting prehistoric mounds in Western Illinois in an effort to record the location and condition of previously recorded sites.