Bound to the Western Waters

Looking for Lewis and Clark at Ft. Kaskaskia, Illinois
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

  • Research & Collections Center, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Special Events Room

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free and open to the public

Brown Bag Program presented by Mark Wagner, Director, Center for Archaeological Investigations and Associate Professor in Anthropology, SIU Carbondale

During summer the summer of 2017, Southern Illinois University conducted archaeological and remote sensing investigations at Ft. Kaskaskia, a state-owned, 1750s French fort site in Randolph County, Illinois. This fort also was believed to be the site of a later American fort of the same name from which Lewis and Clark recruited 12 soldiers for their expedition to explore the American west in 1803. The field school investigations revealed that Ft. Kaskaskia indeed was a 1750s French fort utilized by local residents into the late colonial period (1765-1790), but we found no evidence that Lewis and Clark had ever visited the fort. Instead, we found the remains of the American Ft. Kaskaskia (1802-1807) on a separate hill top 300 m to the north. In this talk, Wagner will discuss the history and archaeology of the two forts and the plans for additional field school investigations at both sites in 2018.

Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

SIU 2017 archeological field school dig site

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