Reports of Investigation

Variation in Mississippian Settlement Patterns: The Larson Settlement System in the Central Illinois River Valley

Archaeologists have been studying the remains of Mississippian settlements and burial sites in the central Illinois River valley for more than a century. In this volume, Alan D. Harn, Assistant Curator of Anthropology at Dickson Mounds Museum, systematically describes the locations of such sites and explains their distribution in terms of environmental and social factors. The volume focuses on the settlements of the Larson Phase, a cultural complex centered on the Spoon River valley during the thirteenth century A.D.

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The Zimmerman Site: Further Excavations at the Grand Village of Kaskaskia

In order to verify the location of La Salles' Fort St. Louis and of the Grand Village of the Kaskaskia, additional excavations in 1970-1972 at the Zimmerman site were completed. This report examines the materials and features excavated during this project, and reexamines the 1947 work at this important archaeological site in La Salle County. Appendices provide analyses of faunal remains, plant remains, food plant remains, features, and skeletal materials.

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The Traditional Potter in Nineteenth-Century Illinois: Archaeological Investigations at Two Kiln Sites in Upper Alton

Recent archaeological surveys initiated and funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and conducted in conjunction with the reconstruction and widening of a portion of a street in Upper Alton, Illinois, resulted in the discovery of two nineteenth-century kiln sites. The richly illustrated volume- with two exquisite color plates-provides both general insights into the potter's craft of the region during the nineteenth-century and specific data relating to the two potteries.

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United States
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The Scimitar Cat Homotherium serum Cope: Osteology, Functional Morphology, and Predatory Behavior

Excavations at Friesenhahn Cave in central Texas have provided one of the most extensive collections of the scimitar cat in the world. This study describes and illustrates the skeleton and functional morphology of this extinct sabertooth cat, as well as sheds new light onto its lifeways and behavior.

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United States
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The Prehistory of Dickson Mounds: The Dickson Excavation

Dickson Mounds, an important archaeological site in Fulton County of the central Illinois Valley, was used as a cemetery by local Late Woodland and Mississippian Indian groups around 1,000 years ago. Over a period of four centuries these peoples of central Illinois buried some 3,000 of their dead in this location. This volume presents a new look at cultural change and continuity in a late-prehistoric cemetery, and includes a history of the early excavations, inventory of burials and artifacts, and analysis of diseases and injuries incurred by the early inhabitants

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United States
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The Pine Vole in North Carolina: Observations on the Ecology, Populations and Reproductive Biology

Trapping studies of a population of pine voles provided information on the ecological distribution and habitat associations; population sizes and fluctuations; and reproductive potential and seasonal activities of this important small mammal.

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United States
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The Perrins Ledge Crematory

This represents an extensive study of a prehistoric crematory in Calhoun County by a bioanthropologist and an archaeologist. Perrins Ledge Crematory, discovered by a farmer clearing a hillside for farmland, is in a tributary of the lower Illinois River valley in western Illinois. This study utilized one of the very first model research designs for complex crematory sites.

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United States
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