Walking the Orendorf Tightrope: Monumental Efforts for a Monumental Site

Amanda J. Butler, Madeleine G. Evans

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Over 40 years ago the threat of imminent destruction of the Mississippian temple town at the Orendorf site kick started an historic large scale salvage effort by the Upper Mississippi Valley Archaeological Research Foundation (UMVARF). Through the efforts of a dedicated team of excavators, the story of Orendorf unfolded. In the heart of the Central Illinois River valley, the Orendorf Site includes four settlements spanning CE 1100-1250. The latest, a fortified town designated Settlement D, catastrophically burned and was abandoned, leaving archaeologists an entire town site frozen in time. Thirty-five years after the final field season the Illinois State Ar-chaeology Survey is partnering with UMVARF to bring this monumental settlement out of the shadows with a comprehensive site report. Our digital dive into the past showcases the archaeology of the Orendorf site and the archaeologists that saved it.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMAC 2014 Abstracts
StatePublished - 2014


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