Geophysical Survey at the Multiethnic Noble-Wieting site (11ML24) in the East Central Illinois Prairie

Robert G. McCullough, Tom Crapnell, Rachel Lawrence, Sarah Scattergood, Spencer Skadden, B. Jacob Skousen, Daniel Smith

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The Illinois State Archaeological Survey conducted a geophysical survey at the Noble-Wieting site in McLean County, Illinois. The site is located on a rise near the confluence of the Kickapoo and Little Kickapoo creeks in an ecotone where the bottoms once supported large oak groves surrounded by the central Illinois prairie. The village site extends approximately 5.8 acres and previously had a mound within its boundaries. Previous investigations have produced both Langford and Mississippian ceramics and a few radiocarbon dates that place this site within the 13th to 14th centuries. A magnetometer survey indicated an oval pattern of structures around a central plaza, a possible stockade wall, and clusters of large storage pits in some areas of the site. This pattern is presumably more Langford than Mississippian. A magnetic susceptibility survey was also conducted in selected areas that augmented the magnetometer survey, identifying additional structures and the potential mound location.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgram and Abstracts - 61st Annual Meeting
StatePublished - 2017


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