The upland area situated between the Lower Illinois River Valley and Northern American Bottom of Western Illinois is poorly known archaeologically. Several recent IDOT projects have afforded the opportunity to gather baseline information about local Late Woodland cultures. As part of a recent IDOT road-widening project, a portion of the Wedding site was excavated that produced 78 total features. This paper describes the results of the excavations, focusing upon a preliminary analysis of the lithic assemblage. The site produced a number of Schild Spike arrowpoints, which are a regionally unique type that is not found in the American Bottom but is present in the southern reaches of the adjacent Lower Illinois Valley. Our research suggests that these points, as well as pottery styles, denote the presence of a distinctive social group within the larger Bluff culture of the Illinois/Mississippi/Missouri River confluence area.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||MAC, Midwest Archaeological Conference|
|State||Published - 2013|