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  • 11/23/2021 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ISAS's Tamira Brennan will be presenting the following seminar 'An Outline for Teaching Curation in the Classroom and in the Field' as part of the SAA Online Seminar Series. This will be an excellent learning experience for anyone who is interested in the future of curation in archaeology. To sign up for the seminar, see the link below:

  • 08/16/2021 9:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to IAS members who have submitted abstracts for the virtual talks that will take place in lieu of our conference this year. I know that many of us would have like to meet in person, and hopefully next year we will have that opportunity. The first presentation will be on Sunday September 12th at 3:00pm.

    Sunday September 12th, Lithic Use-Wear Evidence of Middle Woodland Pearl/Shell Bead Production at the Crane Site, Greene County, Illinois

    G. Logan Miller (Illinois State University), Kenneth B. Farnsworth (Illinois State Archaeological Survey), Brad H. Koldehoff (Illinois Department of Transportation)

    Lithic use-wear analysis of chipped stone blades and drills from the Middle Woodland period Crane site offers a view into pearl/shell bead production that is unequaled in eastern North America. Crane is a Middle Woodland residential site in the Macoupin Creek Valley. Surface collections and excavations in 1970s provided an in depth look at the site structure of this residential camp. Over 1,500 chipped stone blades, many of which were retouched into drills, were recovered during these investigations. Microscopic use-wear analysis of 308 blades and 75 drills indicate an emphasis on pearl/shell bead manufacturing at the site. These beads had spiritual, social, and economic value for groups participating in the Hopewell Interaction Spheres. As such, tens of thousands of pearl/shell beads have been recovered from Middle Woodland mounds across the Eastern Woodlands yet no site contained evidence for the intensive manufacture of pearl/shell beads until now. 

    The meeting link is below:

    Meeting ID: 891 8221 0247 
    Password: 706923 

    Other papers will be on September 19th by Mark Wagner on Fort Kaskaskia and Clare Tolmie on Camp Grant, and October 3rd by Michael Aiuvalasit, topic to be announced. More details to follow…


    Also IAS members please note that our Annual Business Meeting will be virtual, on Saturday October 2rd.

  • 03/17/2021 9:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    There are several Illinois field school scheduled for 2021. Check them out!
  • 12/03/2020 8:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2021 Illinois Association for Advancement Archaeology Permanent Fund Grants 

    The IAAA Permanent Fund has been awarding annual research assistance grants since 2004. These grants are open to avocational, professional, student, and educational groups for projects conducted within the state of Illinois. In 2021, the IAAA Permanent Fund will award up to four $400 grants. The deadline for grant applications is Monday, January 17, 2021. The application form as well as guidelines and requirements for a grant are available on the IAAA website under the Permanent Fund link (  The IAAA Permanent Fund welcomes any donations to help support this grant effort. 

    Send any questions on the grants to IAAA Permanent Fund Chair, Doug Jackson (

  • 11/18/2020 4:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Helaine Silverman of the University of Illinois interviewed Mark Wagner from the Center for Archaeological Investigations earlier this year regarding their exciting archaeological field school work at Fort Kaskaskia. Much appreciation goes to Helaine Silverman for sharing this interview with our IAS members. To see the interview, please click on the link below:

  • 11/13/2020 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Anthropology PhD program at the University of Notre Dame is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 cycle. The department seeks to involve graduate students in integrative anthropology, including engagement with diverse anthropological and interdisciplinary perspectives, integration of theory and application, and integration of teaching, research, and ethics.

    Full funding is offered including tuition, stipend, health insurance, as well as Summer travel and research funds for all students. The application deadline is December 1, 2020. GRE test scores are NOT required as part of the application process.

    The Anthropology Department has a commitment to encourage and facilitate the education of students of color and students from underrepresented groups who can continue to add robust and important perspectives to the discipline. They are interested in students who want to make a difference.

    Please see the included brochure: Brochure ND Anthropology

    and short video: Video ND Anthropology Facilities

    Please share with your students and colleagues who are interested in pursuing the PhD in Anthropology. Applicants may contact me, Chris Ball, ND Anthropology's Director of Graduate Studies, for more information.

  • 10/06/2020 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Bob worked for ISAS until his retirement in 2017. He was an amazing archaeologist. who shared his passion for archaeology with everyone he came in contact with. An unforgettable colleague who made valuable contributions to Illinois Archaeology. He will be missed by many friends and colleagues.

    Here is a link to his obituary and visitation at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville on Friday, October 2.

  • 10/06/2020 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earlier this year, the University of Illinois established a NAGPRA Office and hired Krystiana Krupa as the NAGPRA Officer in order to show their commitment to NAGPRA and concerns of Tribal Nations. Effective September 15, 2020, the University implemented a moratorium on research, teaching, display, imaging, and circulation of human remains and cultural items that are potentially subject to NAGPRA at the University. For more information:

  • 09/08/2020 2:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     From Chris Carr-

    It is a pleasure to announce the online posting of a set of videos that present research on the topics of personhood and soul-like essences as conceived by pre- and post-contact Indians of the Eastern Woodlands and as used ritually and strategically by them in their lives.

    The videos include nine researchers’ and two discussants’ presentations written for a symposium for the 85th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, Texas, April 23, 2020. When the meetings were canceled, we constructed the videos as an alternative means of sharing our ideas with the profession.

    The videos have applicability to subjects beyond Eastern Woodland Indians archaeology and ethnography. They will be of interest to those who study the archaeology and ethnography of New World indigenous peoples, the archaeology of religion, mortuary archaeology, bioarchaeology, identity, folklore, performance, comparative religion, and the “ontological turn” movement in archaeology. For more information and links to the videos, please go to:

    Feel free to show all or any of the videos for teaching purposes in your college and/or professional classes.

    Please pass on this email to colleagues of yours who might have an interest in it for their research or teaching. Thank you.

    Wishing you the best,

    Chris Carr

    Christopher Carr

    Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

    School of Human Evolution and Social Change

    Arizona State University

  • 08/05/2020 12:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A pioneer of Michigan archaeology and mentor to generations of women and men in a career spanning over 50 years. Please read her obituary through the link below:

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