the Fall 2008 PARC Newsletter (1MB pdf).
A WALK THROUGH THE PARC:
2nd Annual Benefit Walk for the Preservation of Archaeological Sites
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Put on your walking shoes and join us Saturday, September
29 for an information-packed benefit walk that will help fund the preservation
of archaeological sites in the Metro St. Louis area. Read
pledge for the Walk.
2007 Walk Through PARC Route Map
may be viewed when in progress. Excavations are normally held Monday
through Friday from 8 am to 3 pm.
Read more (pdf) >
May 21–June 8
The University of Missouri-St. Louis field school
offers a unique opportunity this summer to students majoring in
Anthropology or those just fascinated by archaeological digs. A
three-week field school will be held at Cahokia Mounds State Historic
Site, once the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico.
Nearly 70 mounds of the original 120 are currently preserved in
this 2,200-acre World Heritage Site. Over 50 million cubic feet
of earth were moved in construction of the mounds.
This field school will focus on Mound 34, located
east of Monks Mound; and students’ efforts will concentrate on defining
a possible copper workshop area just to the north of Mound 34. This
work will complement an ongoing research project whose primary goals
have been to relocate excavations conducted in the 1950s and remap
them using methods not available during the earlier investigations.
This project has yielded large quantities of artifacts, including
copper, marine shells, drilled shark’s teeth, and finely made pottery.
Enrollment is limited, so students should register
Current UM-St. Louis students may register beginning
Visiting students may register beginning in mid-April.
For more information click
Please contact Nichelle Hardy, email@example.com
or 314-516-5974 to register. For more course information, please
contact Dr. Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 4–July 13
The Washington University field school, under the
direction of Dr. John E. Kelly at Mound 34, will continue the search
for the copper work shop first discovered during 1950s excavations.
Mapping of the site will continue as well and these data are being
combined into a GIS map of the Cahokia site through Washington University
in conjunction with the Illinois State Museum and George R. Milner.
For more information, contact Dr. John Kelly at email@example.com.
June 11–August 3
The Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville field school
under the direction of Dr. Mary Vermilion, will focus on
the northeast corner of the Central Palisade to pursue one of the
Palisade walls where it turns west to go behind Monks Mound, and
also other walls that continued to the north. Other prehistoric
residential features will also be excavated and documented. For
more information, contact Dr. Julie Holt at SIUE firstname.lastname@example.org
or Dr. John Kelly at email@example.com.
PUBLIC FIELD SCHOOL OPPORTUNITY
Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (CMMS) members have the unique
opportunity to participate in this important project by volunteering
their time this summer. The public may participate by becoming members
of CMMS. Participants may volunteer for field and lab work between
the dates of May 21 and July 27, 2007. Volunteers may sign up to
participate for several days, a week, or for several weeks. The
normal workday will be from 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Volunteers
are responsible for providing their own transportation, housing
and lunch. Participants must provide proof of medical insurance
and must be 18 years or older.
here for an application form.
DEADLINE FOR THE RECEIPT OF VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS
IS FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2007.
Saturday, April 14, 710 pm
Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center
30 Ramey Street
To register or for more information
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Fun While You Support the Cahokia
Mounds Museum Society & the Powell Archaeological Research Center.
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Walk Through the PARC Fundraising
On September 30, 2006 The Powell Archaeological Research
Center held a fund-raising walk, "Walk Through the PARC”. The
walk followed the Indian Lake Heritage Trail along Collinsville Road from
the East St. Louis Mound group (the 2nd largest Mississippian mound center
in the United States), where lots have been purchased with mound remnants,
to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
The complete Walk was approximately 6 miles, although
participants could choose one of two shorter segments. Dr. John Kelly
(Washington University) was the guide for the first portion of the Walk
and described the archaeological history of the area and pointed out archaeological
features such as remaining mounds, and the location of lost mounds. Bill
Iseminger (Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site) ended the Walk beginning
at Woodhenge within the Cahokia Site and guided the group to Monks Mound
and the Interpretive Center.
Registration was $30 and each participant was encouraged
to seek additional pledges, which proved to be very successful. Their
efforts are greatly appreciated. Each participant was also given a Walk
T-shirt. PARC is planning to hold another walk later in the summer, so
check back for more information. Here are several pictures from the Walk.
We had about 20 – 25 participants and hope more will join us this
John Kelly, center wearing green windbreaker, is describing
the central portion of what was once the East St. Louis Mound Center,
near where excavations were conducted in the early 1990s that found portions
of the site still intact under about 3 feet of historic debris. Efforts
are underway by PARC to preserve portions of what is left by purchasing
lots in the area as they become available.
Victoria Graves, a member of the Osage tribe and Walk
participant, provided a valuable American Indian perspective to the other
Walk participants. This photo was taken near a piece of property owned
by PARC that contains the portion of a mound within the East St. Louis
John Kelly explains test excavations being conducted
on property within the East St. Louis Mound Group that is being transferred
to the Archaeological Conservancy for permanent protection. The remnants
of a small mound were discovered in the test excavations.
Refreshments were enjoyed by the Walk participants
at about the halfway point of the Walk, which was located at the Chucallo
Mound in Fairmont City. The owners of this mostly intact mound, Paul and
Mary Chucallo, recently donated the mound to the State of Illinois to
ensure its continued preservation.