Recent Archaeological Investigations at Robert Allerton Park, Piatt County, Illinois

Jacob B. Skousen, Wayne R. Meyer, Jasmine Holmes, Rachel V. Lawrence

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In 2017, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and Parkland College began a collaborative, multi-year archaeological project at Robert Allerton Park, a 1,500-acre natural area along the Sangamon River in Piatt County, Illinois. The goal of the project is to investigate the archaeological resources in the park and develop ways to better interpret and preserve these resources. This paper describes the results of the 2017 and 2018 investigations, which were performed by ISAS personnel and students from two Parkland College field schools. Surveys identified a number of previously unidentified sites throughout the park, and excavations at the Samuel’s Mounds site (11PI43), perhaps the only remaining mound group in the upper Sangamon valley, provided important information regarding Late Woodland burial practices in the region. While the amount of data collected is small, it still sheds light on 12 the pre-Columbian history of Late Woodland groups in the valley and provides a foundation for future research.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication62nd Annual Midwest Archaeological Conference Abstracts
StatePublished - 2018


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