Locating and Excavating Deeply Buried Archaeological Sites

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

Location: 

  • Dickson Mounds, Lewistown

Event Venue: 

Auditorium

Event Audience: 

Non Member/Public

Fee: 

Free and open to the public.

The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will meet Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Dickson Mounds Museum beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Featured speaker will be Dr. Michael Wiant, Interim Director, Illinois State Museum, who will present a talk titled “Locating and Excavating Deeply Buried Archaeological Sites.”  This event is free and the public is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be available afterwards.

Archaeologists have long known that artifact-bearing deposits may be deeply buried on dynamic landscapes such as floodplains and in areas of topographic relief.  The excavation of such deposits, especially those with multiple layers of evidence of occupation, provides a significant record of life at one location over time.  Locating such deposits requires a clear understanding of the depositional history of a landscape.  Excavating such deposits often requires extraordinary measures to stabilize walls and remove groundwater.  And, unlike sites exposed by cultivation of the ground surface, buried sites are often composed a thick middens of artifacts, the analysis of which has led to the development of different methods to reveal the past.  Dr. Michael Wiant will address this subject in an image-illustrated presentation.

The Illinois State Museum—Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For more information call 309.547.3721 or TTY 217.782.9175 or visit the museum's web site at www.dicksonmounds.com.  Also check out weekly updates on Facebook at “Illinois State Museum – Dickson Mounds”.

Koster Site excavation.

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