Examine Illinois' past at archaeology conference
Ancient pottery, arrowheads and other artifacts from leading Illinois digs will be displayed at an archaeology conference at Aurora University Saturday
The public is invited. About 200 persons are expected. Admission is $6.
"Illinois Archaeology: Taking Stock in a New Millennium" will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Illinois Archaeological Survey, a not- for-profit organization for researchers, is the sponsor.
The annual conference begins at 8 a.m. Registration and refreshments will be at the university banquet hall in Alumni Hall at 1410 Marseillaise Place.
In presentations from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., leading Illinois archaeologists will chronicle Illinois archaeology from glaciers to today. Experts will explore past perceptions, current problems and future directions of state archaeology.
Scheduled presentations include the following:
- "Paleo-Indian Period (12000-8000 BC)," by Brad Koldehoff, University of Illinois-Collinsville;
- "Archaic Period (8000-1000 BC)," by Michael Wiant, Illinois State Museum, Springfield;
- "Woodland Period (1000 BC-1000 AD)," by Duane Esarey, Dickson Mounds Museum, Havana.;
- "Mississippian Period (1000-1500 AD)," by Thomas Emerson, University of Illinois-Champaign;
- "Late Prehistoric Periods (1500-1700 AD)," by James Brown, Northwestern University, Chicago;
- "Historic Period (1700-Present)," by Joseph Phillippe, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and James Brown, Fever River Research, both at Springfield.
Artifacts from more than a dozen northern Illinois sites will be displayed by their discoverers from 1:15 to 4 p.m. at the atrium lobby of Dunham Hall at 1400 Marseillaise Place.
Display tables will showcase artifacts from notable northern Illinois sites including Hawk's Nest, New Lenox, Putney Landing, Fiddyment Creek, Zimmerman, Huber, Hoxie, Photon, Quad Cities pipestone source and others.
Artifacts at the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures, a free family museum in the lower level of Dunham Hall, will also be available for viewing. …