Seeing Beneath the Ground: Geophysics and Recent Archaeological Explorations and Discoveries in Illinois

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

Location: 

  • Dickson Mounds, Lewistown

Event Venue: 

Auditorium

Event Audience: 

Adult

Fee: 

Free

The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will meet Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the Dickson Mounds Museum beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Featured speaker will be Dr. Thomas J. Loebel, Cultural Resource Coordinator, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, UIUC, who will present a talk titled “Seeing Beneath the Ground: Geophysics and Recent Archaeological Explorations and Discoveries in Illinois.”  This event is free and the public is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be available afterwards.

Over the last two decades geophysical remote sensing technology has become increasingly available to a variety of researchers working in a number of disciplines.  To this end, these non-invasive techniques have found a home in the field of archaeology, where the traditional "dig, document, destroy" methodology is giving way to site preservation, avoidance, or carefully targeted excavation.  The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) has recently incorporated geophysics into its routine survey methodology, allowing for the identification of sites that contain intact subsurface deposits without the traditional time and expense associated with expansive excavations.  It also allows for the gathering of information on the nature and extent of archaeological deposits without the need to disturb sites, ultimately enabling ISAS to provide accurate and cost effective information for best land management practices to its public and private partners.  In this talk, Dr. Loebel will detail several case studies in the use of geophysics in recent survey and research projects on several unique archaeological sites in Illinois.

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.ExperienceEmiquon.com.  Also check out weekly updates on Facebook at “Illinois State Museum – Dickson Mounds”.

Russell Quick with the magnatometer

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