• 05/06/2016 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2016

    8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


    Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

    30 Ramey Street

    Collinsville, IL 62234

    Presenters should submit an abstract, with presentation title and your institutional or other affiliation, to Bill Iseminger ( or or Mark Esarey (, or mail to us at the address above. If you have any questions, you can call us at


    Registration will be $5.00, cash or check, payable at the door. The conference is open to the public. Registration will be from 8:30-9:00 a.m.  Presentations will be 15-minutes on any topic relevant to Mississippian or related research. Lunch break will be from 11:30-1:30, lunch on your own. We will have breaks with refreshments mid-morning and mid-afternoon. We will provide a laptop and projector, so you can bring your presentation on a flash-drive.

  • 04/21/2016 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Submissions are being accepted for the annual student paper competition. Please see the guidelines. Students: please apply. Professors: please encourage your students to apply!

  • 04/11/2016 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for Papers and Proposals for Teacher Workshops

    18th Annual Conference on Illinois History

    October 6 & 7, 2016

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library



    Proposals for individual papers or panels on any aspect of Illinois’ history, culture, politics, geography, literature, and archaeology are requested for the Conference on Illinois History. The Conference especially welcomes submissions exploring the upcoming bicentennial of statehood. We encourage submissions from professional and avocational historians, graduate students, and those engaged in the study of Illinois history at libraries, historic sites, museums, and historical societies.

    Proposals for teacher workshops. Are you a teacher who has created an innovative, comprehensive, or timely curriculum on some aspect of Illinois’ history, culture, politics, geography, literature, or archaeology? Share your expertise with other teachers at the Conference on Illinois History.

    The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2016.

    To submit your proposal for a paper, panel, or teacher workshop, send: 

    • A one page summary of the topic, including a description of the major primary and secondary sources used. A one page summary of the topic, including a description of the major primary and secondary sources used. 
    • A one-page resume of participant(s).

    Send proposals to: Samuel Wheeler, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701. For more information, call 217-557-8336.

  • 03/29/2016 3:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ISAS's 2015 Annual Report was just released. It documents ISAS's discoveries and research over the last year. Highlights include:

    • Maize only arrives in Illinois at A.D. 900—not A.D. 200 as previously thought;
    • Cahokia, North America’s rst city, was comprised of one-third immigrants;
    • The East St. Louis site participated in early and extensive trade in pottery vessels and stone 
    tools, housed specialized workshops, and ended in destruction by re;

    • 2000-year old native village discovered under modern-day Meredosia; and • Reanalysis identi es a unique bob kitten burial from 2000 years ago. 

  • 03/02/2016 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    About ISAS's East St. Louis excavations for the Stan Musial Bridge.

  • 02/24/2016 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 02/15/2016 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Society for American Archaeology and a consortium of other organizations and individuals are launching a newsletter--called Notes--that should be of interest to public archaeologists. teachers, and many others. According to the first issue, "Each issue showcases a few of the many organizations, programs, projects, publications, media, social media, and other resources to help archaeologists reach out to networks and communities and help non-archaeologists learn about and participate in our work."

    Read the first issue here.

  • 01/19/2016 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Illinois State Archaeological Survey has several announcements to start off the new year.


    Clare Tolme has joined the Northern Illinois Field Station as a Senior Research Archaeologist. Clare’s career as an archaeologist began in England. She has worked on Middle and Upper Paleolithic sites in France, on Romano-British, Anglo-Saxon and Mediaeval sites in England and on everything from PaleoIndian to Industrial sites in the U.S. The majority of her field experience has been in the Midwest. Her particular areas of expertise are faunal analysis, and historic archaeology. Clare’s interests lie in subsistence and landscape use, particularly how prehistoric people adapted to changes in their environment and how historic landscape organization changed over time.

    Ph.D. Department of Anthropology, University of Iowa.

    M.A.  Department of Anthropology, University of Iowa.

    B.A.  Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, England.

    Email:  Phone: 815 282 0762


    Megan Gilbert joined the Central Offices as a Visiting Historic Architectural Compliance Specialist on January 4th. Her duties are to develop historic building survey reports for IDOT projects, and to conduct field surveys and archival research for federal and state transportation projects to identify and document historic resources.

    Megan Gilbert has a B.S. degree in Architecture (2012) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and an M.S. degree in Historic Preservation (2014) from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.  Megan recently (2014-2015) interned with the City of Jackson, Michigan and the Jackson Historic District Commission and assisted with the survey and documentation of over 300 properties for the “Under the Oaks Historic District.” In 2013/2014, she served as Architectural Historian Consultant for the firm Quinn Evans Architects where she assisted with the research and documentation of the “Mount Pleasant Historic Business District” in Michigan.



    Stephen Thompson joined the Central Offices as a Visiting Historic Architectural Compliance Specialist on January 4th. His duties are to develop historic building survey reports for IDOT projects, and to conduct field surveys and archival research for federal and state transportation projects to identify and document historic resources. 

    Stephen Thompson has an M.A. degree in History/Historical Administration (1989) from Eastern Illinois University.  He has served as president of Intrepid Consulting Services, Inc., since 1998, an organization that provides administrative, strategic planning and technical guidance to government agencies, private firms, and not-for-profit organizations undertaking historic property management programs and compliance with federal and state historic preservation statutes. Stephen serves as a regional planning representative for Landmarks Illinois, the state’s leading voice for historic preservation.



    The Springfield Research Office has a new address:

    Springfield Research Office

    1023 W. Dorlan Ave. Suite B

    Springfield, IL 62702-2346


    Located at the office are Robert Mazrim, Ken Farnsworth, and John Walthall


    The Northern Illinois Field Station (NIFS) will be moving to Elgin, Illinois on January 15th the new address is:

    Northern Illinois Field Station

    21 North Union Street Unit A

    Elgin, IL 60123



    ISAS has received two international honors for 2015. The Shanghai Archaeological Forum (SAF) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing has named the Illinois State Archaeological Survey’s (ISAS) East St. Louis Archaeological Project as one of the top ten archaeological field projects in the world. The project is being recognized at SAF’s December meeting in China. The Illinois State Archaeological Survey is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.

    SAF Field Discovery Awards (Major Archaeological Field-Discoveries)

    The SAF Field Discovery Awards are presented for archaeological excavations or surveys that have yielded major discoveries significantly furthering or even altering our knowledge of the human past, locally and/or globally. To be eligible for this award, the nominated work must be a scientific archaeological excavation or survey, legally authorized in the country where it was undertaken. The principal investigator responsible for the nominated work must hold an internationally recognized qualification for archaeological excavation or survey in the country where the nominated work was carried out.

    Archaeology Magazine recognized the ‘Bobkitten Buried Like a Human’ as one of the top 10 discoveries of 2015 and is featured in their 2016 January/February issue. Here is the link to the story on their website:

    ATAM Symposium

    Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials is holding its Fourth Science and Archaeology Symposium.  Symposium is Friday, February 19th 8:30-4:30. Illini Union Room 314. Free registration and is open to the public. See link for more information

  • 01/13/2016 6:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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