“Bound to the Western Waters”: The Discovery of Lewis and Clark’s Long-Lost Outpost of Ft. Kaskaskia

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Thorne Deuel Auditorium

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free, donations appreciated

Paul Mickey Learning Series presented by Dr. Mark Wagner, Director, Center for Archaeological Investigations and Associate Professor in Anthropology, SIU Carbondale

Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark recruited 11 men from the garrison of Ft. Kaskaskia (1803-1807) in Randolph County, Illinois, in 1803, to join their famous expedition to explore the American West. This fort has always been assumed to have been in the same location as an earlier French fort (1758-1763) of the same name. Archaeological investigations by the Southern Illinois University (SIU) archaeological field school class over the past two years, however, have revealed that, in reality, there were two separate forts with the same name. It was discovered that the previously unknown remains of the American Ft. Kaskaskia visited by Lewis and Clark about 100 yards north of the grass-covered French Fort Kaskaskia.

The discovery of this new fort site comprises a major addition to the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1803-1806) in that it represents a time capsule of the types of artifacts and remains used by American soldiers in the early 1800s. Through the use of remote sensing investigations and hand excavations over the past two years, the SIU field school is recovering new information regarding the archaeology and history of both fort sites and the people who lived in them.

Each month, the Paul Mickey Learning Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

 

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