The Sangamo Frontier: History and Archaeology in the Shadow of Lincoln

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Acknowledgments

One of the more interesting aspects of the discipline of archaeology is its ability to bring together people from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The studies and excavations described in this book were conducted over a fifteen-year period, and relied on the efforts and support of a number of individuals.

In the late 1970s, John Walthall, chief archaeologist at the Illinois Department of Transportation, introduced historic resources to the massive transportation-based archaeological surveys. Nearly thirty years later, that program continues to provide a constant stream of information regarding the frontier period in Illinois, much of which is present in the overviews found in this book. John has also provided me with a number of resources over the last fifteen years, and my perspectives on early nineteenth-century material culture owe much to our frequent collaborations.

As director of the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program, Thomas Emerson was responsible for our work at the Old Village locale at Peoria in 2001, but perhaps more important, he has also managed to build a research-based environment in the difficult world of cultural resource management. That environment has both directly and indirectly fostered much of my work regarding frontier Illinois, and Tom's program at the University of Illinois will no doubt inspire new authors and studies in the future.

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