James M. Pisell

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James Pisell

James M. Pisell

Staff Archaeologist
Crew Chief

M.A. (pending), Public History, University of Illinois-Springfield
B.S., Anthropology, Illinois State University
A.A., General Studies, Lincoln College

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 Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


General Interest/Area of Focus

James Pisell’s interests include the study of prehistoric structures, including public & private dwellings, earthworks, and mounds from the Archaic Period to the Historic Native American Period. He is also interested in the study of Archaic & Woodland artifact variation and its causes including: social, environmental, or other cultural stresses through time.

Memberships/Awards/Accomplishments

Illinois Archaeology Survey
Midwest Archaeological Conference

Current Research

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

Doing independent research for an article on the Golden Eagle Site (11C120), a circular Middle Woodland earthwork located near the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers in rural Calhoun County, Illinois.

Graduate Public History Internship and Project at the Edgar Lee Masters Memorial Museum in Petersburg, Illinois.  This would include artifact collection management, conservation, educational programming, exhibit preparation, and administrative duties.

Previous Positions

2000–2001 Assistant Archaeologist, Bear Creek Archaeology, Creasco, Iowa
2000 Assistant Archaeologist, A.S.C. Group, Columbus, Ohio

Selected Bibliography

Pisell James M., David J. Nolan, and Robert N. Hickson
2011
  Archaeological Investigations at Site 11BR424 (Double Deer Site), for the Brown County Wetland Mitigation Bank Project, Brown County, Illinois. Archaeological Testing Short Report No. 342. Illinois State Archaeological Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Pisell, James M., and David J. Nolan
2011
 Archaeological Investigations at Site 11JY583 (Double T Site), for the FAP 310/US67 Jersey Co. Line to South End of Delhi Bypass, Jersey County, Illinois. Archaeological Testing Short Report No. 358. Illinois State Archaeological Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Fishel, Richard L., and James M. Pisell
2008
 IL 29 Report: Phase I Archaeological Investigations of the Proposed FAP 318 (IL 29) Corridor from Illinois Route 6 (Peoria County) to Interstate 180 (Bureau County). Research Reports No. 120. Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Fishel, Richard L., Rhett B. Felix, and James M. Pisell
2004 
Interim Report of Archaeological Survey along the Proposed IL Route 29 Corridor. Peoria, Marshall, Putnam, and Bureau Counties. Research Reports No. 90. Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Archaeological Survey Short Reports: Authored or co-authored over 130 reports for ITARP/ISAS between 2002–2012.

Selected Papers Presented

Fitts, Lauren M., James M. Pisell, & Robert W. Monroe
2012
 Archaic and Late Woodland Perspectives of the Trinity Hill Site (11JY582). Illinois Archaeological Survey Annual Meeting, Urbana, Illinois.

Pisell, James M., Lauren M. Fitts, & Robert W. Monroe
2011 
Investigations at the Trinity Hill Site (11JY582): Late Woodland and Archaic Occupation of the Piasa Creek Valley, Jersey County, Illinois. Midwest Archaeological Conference, La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Nycz, Christine, and James M. Pisell
2007
 Examining the Distribution of Early and Middle Archaic Sites at the Interface of the Wisconsinan and Illinoian Glacial Till Plains. Midwest Archaeological Conference. Notre Dame, Indiana.

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