Ogden-Fettie: A Native American Floodplain Earthwork Complex in the central Illinois River Valley

Wednesday, October 2, 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 Michael Wiant, Ken Farnsworth, Montana Martin, Kelvin Sampson

Ogden-Fettie is among the oldest Native American floodplain earthwork complexes in the Midwest. While preparing the property for long-term hay production, archaeologists had an opportunity to collect artifacts from the site. When combined with previous archaeological work at the site, the results provide perspective on the rise of Havana culture circa 2,100 B.P., subsequent use of the site, and a long-standing theory that several of the mounds were encompassed by a moat. When this study is coupled with new research on artifacts collected by the Odgen family, we learn that the Ogden-Fettie site is a key to our understanding of Havana culture and its domination of the Illinois River valley for nearly four centuries.

Research by Ken Farnsworth, Montana Martin, and Kelvin Sampson will be referenced in this talk.

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. 

Ogden-Fettie

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