• 04/11/2017 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Midewin National Tallgrass Forest is looking for volunteers to help with excavations at the 

    Grant Creek Huber Phase Site in northcentral Illinois.

    Dates: 17 July-August 11 

    They are looking for one week volunteer commitment minimum during the four weeks of excavations. We’re soliciting for 8 volunteers through Passport in Time:

    and four Midewin volunteers. Midewin volunteers can contact Alli Cisneros. 

    Details at:

  • 03/29/2017 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Utica College’s 14th annual Forensic Anthropology Field School program and six-credit course will take place in Albania, Greece, and Romania from May 16 to June 8, 2017 ( Over 150 students from more than 65 US and international schools have participated in the program since 2004.  No previous experience with human skeletal remains is needed and students are not required to enroll in the course to participate. Undergraduates and graduate students may choose to enroll for the six credits at the reduced tuition of $900. Check out the flyer here.

  • 03/20/2017 1:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Illinois State Archaeological Survey is pleased to announce that its 2016 Annual Report is now available.

    This year, ISAS has introduced an new, interactive online version of the Annual Report. It may be viewed at

    Please note that the report is best viewed on desktop browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Internet Explorer. While the report can viewed on mobile devices, the interactivity will be limited.

  • 02/20/2017 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline for applications - April 15, 2017

    The Center for American Archeology (CAA), Kampsville, IL, invites applications for four Women in Archeology Internship positions for the 2017 field season, June 4 – August 12. This internship is for women undergraduates, graduate students, and archaeologists in the early stages of their careers with at least six weeks of field and laboratory experience. Applicants who have completed four consecutive weeks of the CAA’s Adult Field School will also be considered. Individuals interested in public archaeology, museum education, and other closely related fields are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be team-players with a strong work ethic, communication skills, and a passion for archaeology and engaging students and the public. For more information please go to:

  • 02/03/2017 1:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Illinois State Museum is opening up a position for a Curator of Anthropology. The deadline for applications is February 16, 2017. For more information, please go to this link and at the bottom of the page select Curator 1 - Research and Collection Center:

  • 11/10/2016 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The IAAA Permanent Fund has been in existence since 2000 and has awarded 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 2017, the IAAA Permanent Fund will award two $400 grants. The deadline for grant applications is Sunday, January 15, 2017. The application form as well as guidelines and requirements for a grant are available on the IAAA website under the Permanent Fund link (

    Please send any questions on the grants to Doug Jackson (

  • 08/17/2016 1:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    See the previous news post on the same subject.

  • 07/27/2016 12:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The IAS Public Service Committee is still seeking nominations for this year’s awards. The award ceremony will be held during the IAS meeting at the MAC in Iowa City. Past recipients of awards are listed on the IAS website.

    Please submit any nominations to Clare Tolmie ( by August 15th, 2016.  These are the award categories:

    Charles J. Bareis Distinguished Service Award

    This award honors those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Illinois archaeology and/or the Illinois Archaeological Survey.

    The Leonard W. Blake Distinguished Amateur Award

    The Blake award is named in honor of its first recipient. It recognizes avocational archaeologists who have made significant contributions to Illinois archaeology and who have supported the goals and methodologies of professional archaeology.

    Honorary Lifetime Membership

    This award is given to recognize outstanding career achievements by members of the organization. The original Lifetime members were ‘pioneers’ of the organization.

    The Illinois Archaeology Career Achievement Award

    This award honors professional archaeologists for outstanding career accomplishments and contributions to our understanding of Illinois prehistory and history.

    The Illinois Archaeology Public Service Award

    This award recognizes important contributions to Illinois archaeology by public figures, private citizens, organizations and programs for their outstanding efforts to promote, protect and preserve cultural resources.

    The IAS Memorial Service Award

    This award honors the achievements of Illinois archaeologists whose careers have been cut short by fatal illness or accident.

  • 07/08/2016 6:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The deadline has been extended from July 1 to July 31. Guidelines are here.

  • 06/15/2016 7:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Illinois Antiquity

    Illinois Archaeology Awareness Month Issue Sept. 2016

    You’re Just My Type!

    Download the flier

    Our IAAM theme issue will again be a joint effort of the Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology (IAAA) and the Illinois Archaeological Survey (IAS). We plan a full-color issue that will feature articles related why and how we use artifact typology to interpret the past.

    Archaeologists organize artifacts into types based on the category of material (such as stone, clay, or bone), possible function or functions based on morphology and type of modification. Once critical for determining chronological sequences, artifact types, along with their associated contexts provide insights into the technological and social realm of past societies. How have recent studies of detailed material composition, use wear, and deposition context broadened our view of artifact interpretation? What is the role of experimental archaeology in altering previous classifications? What kinds of artifacts, once overlooked, are now analyzed to provide new information? How do we interpret unexpected or unusual artifacts that do not fit in with our preconceived notions?

    For the 2016 IAAM edition Illinois Antiquity, we seek articles that are related to Illinois artifact studies. Articles for this issue may be short (1000 words or fewer), or longer (2500 words), and can be as brief as an illustration of a single artifact with accompanying description, or longer articles written in a non-technical style. Our goal is to make the issue more like a magazine, widely accessible to many readers, with illustrations in the form of photos or figures. Detailed tables, lists of citations, or recommended readings will be placed on the IAAA web site as a companion to the issue. Illinois Antiquity authors’ guidelines may be found at To allow time for the issue to be printed before September, the deadline for articles is July 31, 2016.

    If you are able to contribute an article for our IAAM issue of Illinois Antiquity, please get in touch with Kevin McGowan ( If you have questions about IAAM events and/or the poster, please contact Joseph Wheeler ( or phone 815.423.2125). Our goal is to send out the posters during the summer so everyone will have them by Awareness Month in September, and to have the publication completed before September.

    If you would like to donate funds to the poster and publication for 2016 Illinois Archaeology Awareness Month, please send your check (payable to Illinois Archaeological Survey or IAS) to Kevin McGowan, IAS Secretary, at Public Service Archaeology & Architecture Program, University of Illinois, 109 Davenport Hall, 607 South Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801. All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged on the IAAM web site. Donations of $100 or more will be designated as sponsors and will be listed on the poster and the publication.


    Thank You for Your Support

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