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8/31/2017 9:45:00 AM
Upcoming free archaeological talk to focus on Greater Cahokia area

LEWISTON, Ill. — The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will meet Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Dickson Mounds Museum beginning at 7:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Bill Iseminger, Assistant Site Manager at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, who will present a talk titled “Recent Research in the Greater Cahokia Area”. This event is free and the public is invited to attend. During the business meeting there will be discussion for IVAS members and friends to determine a date and time to visit the Illinois State Museum to view the new display “Prehistoric Dogs: Man’s Best Friends”. Refreshments will be available following the presentation.

This talk will provide a review of excavations, remote sensing, and other research projects at Cahokia during the last decade or so. The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is the site of a pre-Columbian Native American city directly across the Mississippi River from modern St. Louis, Missouri.

Bill Iseminger is an archaeologist who has worked at Cahokia Mounds since 1971 in various capacities. As the assistant site manager he is in charge of interpretation, exhibits, public relations, and the internship program. His recent publications include the book Cahokia Mounds: America’s First City, The History Press 2010, and Identifying and Understanding Artifacts of Illinois and Neighboring States, Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology Journal, Rediscovery, Vol. 6, 2014. Bill also serves as chairman of the Collinsville Historic Preservation Commission, which just completed the restoration of the D. D. Collins House, an 1845 Greek Revival house.

The Illinois State Museum—Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For more information call 309-547-3721 or  217-782-9175 or visit the museum's web site at www.ExperienceEmiquon .com. Also check out weekly updates on Facebook at “Illinois State Museum – Dickson Mounds”.

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