Excavating a Langford House at Noble-Wieting, McLean County, Illinois

Wednesday, March 6, 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. Logan Miller, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Illinois State University

Dating to the 13th or 14th century AD, the Upper Mississippian village of Noble-Wieting in McLean County, Illinois is a nearly six-acre Langford Tradition mound and village site along the Kickapoo Creek, far from the Langford core along the upper Illinois River. The site has long been known for its unique geographic position as well as the association between Langford pottery and shell-tempered Mississippian pottery. Dr. Logan Miller, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Illinois State University will provide an overview of excavations in 2017 and 2018 in the northern portion of the site that were guided by geophysical data and revealed two partially superimposed wall trench houses. Excavated wall trenches and other features revealed information about above ground architecture, burning episodes, construction sequence, as well as continuity and change in the structure through the rebuild. Overall, the house shares some similarities with other Langford structures but also sheds light on unique architectural elements represented at Noble-Wieting.

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.

view of dig site

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