Robert Mazrim

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Robert Mazrim

Robert Mazrim

Historical Resources Specialist

B.F.A. Art and Anthropology Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Area of Focus/Current Research

Robert Mazrim has worked in midwestern archaeology for nearly 30 years. He specializes in the French Colonial and American Frontier periods of the midwest. He has conducted research excavations at a number of colonial and frontier-context sites in Illinois, including Fort de Chartres, the French colonial village of Cahokia, the Francois Valle II site in Ste. Genevieve Missouri, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, and the Morris Birkbeck estate in the community of Wanborough. He is the author of five books and numerous journal articles concerning the protohistoric, colonial, and early historic periods.

Previous Positions

Mazrim founded the Sangamo Archaeological Center in 1998, and designed the Under the Prairie Archaeological Museum, which was operated by the SAC until 2008. He served as Historic Resources Specialist for ITARP from 1997 to 2008. He was Adjunct Professor at Illinois State University (Graduate Program in Historic Archaeology) in 2007, and has conducted fieldwork and analysis for a number of archaeological programs and agencies, including the Center for American Archeology, the University of Missouri St. Louis, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

Robert Mazrim frequently presents seminars and lectures on various topics in archaeology, and has also produced a number of museum exhibits and television documentaries focusing on the archaeology of the historic Midwest.

Selected Bibliography

Books
2008 More from the Illinois Frontier. Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program. Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana.

2007 The Sangamo Frontier: History and Archaeology in the Shadow of Lincoln. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

2002 “Now Quite Out of Society": Archaeology and Frontier Illinois. Published by the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program. Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana.

Recent Articles
2008 Rethinking the Dawn of History: The Schedule, Signature and Agency of European Goods in Protohistoric Illinois (senior author with Duane Esarey). Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 12(2):145–200.

2006 Bladeless Knives without Handles: A Plea for a Definition of Terms and Quantification of Data Sets in Historical Archaeology in Illinois. Illinois Archaeology 17.

2003 Recent Archaeology at the French Village of Peoria. Illinois Antiquity. Illinois Association for the Advancement of Archaeology. Lewiston, Illinois.

Technical Reports
2008 The Jarrot Nordique Site: A Multi-Component French Colonial Site in Cahokia, Illinois. Submitted to Submitted to Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois.

2007 Looking For Lincoln’s Property at New Salem: Archaeological Excavations at the “East Ridge” Locale, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site. Fieldwork and Technical Reports Bulletin Number 14, Sangamo Archaeological Center. Salisbury, Illinois.

2006 The Fenced-In Site: Excavations at a Short-Term Farmstead in Rural Sangamon County, Illinois. Submitted to Submitted to Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois.

2005 The Beginnings of a State Capital (senior author with Curtis Mann) Fieldwork and Technical Reports Bulletin Number 11. Sangamo Archaeological Center. Elkhart, Illinois.

2003 The Earthenware of Cotton Hill: An Archaeological Study of Redware from the Ebey-Brunk Kiln Site in Sangamon County, Illinois. Material Culture Bulletin Number 1. Sangamo Archaeological Center. Elkhart, Illinois.

2003 Ceramics and Glass at the Second Fort Crawford Material Culture Bulletin Number 2, Sangamo Archaeological Center. Elkhart, Illinois. Submitted to Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

2002 Under the House at Rock Creek: Archaeological Excavations at the John Berry Homestead in Menard County, Illinois. Fieldwork and Technical Reports Bulletin Number 2, Sangamo Archaeological Center. Elkhart, Illinois.

2002 Queensware by the Crate: Ceramic Products as Advertised in the St. Louis Marketplace 1810–1850. (senior author with Dr. John Walthall). Sangamo Archaeological Center, Archival Studies Bulletin Number 2. Elkhart, Illinois.

2002 New Light on the Old French Village at Peoria. Fieldwork and Technical Reports Bulletin Number 3, Sangamo Archaeological Center. Elkhart, Illinois. Submitted to Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois.

1999 Keeping Accounts: Archaeology & Retail Activity at the Town of Hutsonville, Illinois. Submitted to Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois.

1999 The Losch Farms Site: Evolution of an Extended Family Farmstead in the American Bottom. Submitted to Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois.

1998 Lead Diggings and More New Farms: Lead Mining and the American Settlement of Northwestern Illinois. Submitted to Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, University of Illinois.

1997 New Salem’s Lost Tavern: Archaeological Investigations on Lot 5 South, First Survey, at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site. (Principal Author) Submitted to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield.

1996 Further Archaeological Investigations at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site; Evidence for the First Joshua Miller Residence and Blacksmith Shop. (Principal Author) Submitted to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

1995 Archaeological Investigations of Two “Forgotten” Households at Lincoln's New Salem State Park (Principal Author) Submitted to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

1995 Abandoned Cellars and Community Memory: An Examination of the Archaeology and Interpretations of the New Salem Site, 1918–1948. Submitted to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

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