The Archaeology of Dickson Mounds

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 7:00pm

Location: 

  • Dickson Mounds, Lewistown

Event Venue: 

Dickson Mounds Auditorium

Event Audience: 

Adult
Member
Non Member/Public

Alan Harn, Curator Emeritus, Dickson Mounds Museum, will present the talk “The Archaeology of Dickson Mounds.” at the meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society. The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. at Dickson Mounds Museum. This lecture is free and the public is invited to attend the lecture and the refreshments following.

In 1927, Dr. Don F. Dickson, a chiropractor, began the scientific excavation of an American Indian mound in his father’s back yard that would forever change the complexion of American archaeology.  Leaving the 281 burials and accompanying grave offerings in place for public viewing, his in situ exhibit and museum would be a catalyst that first brought “new age” professional archaeologists to the Illinois Country and later would inspire legions of people to becomes students of the American Indian.

The listener will be invited to step back in time, via imagery, to witness many of the dramatic changes that took place as Late Woodland and Mississippian cultures met, exchanged ideas and eventually blended together on the bluff now known as Dickson Mounds.

Don Dickson outside the burial excavaion, 1927.

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