While most of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey’s staff are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northern, Western, Central, and American Bottom field stations are carrying out essential fieldwork related to Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) infrastructure projects.
ISAS staff in the field follow social distancing protocols, meaning they arrive and leave the site independently, remain at least 6 feet from one another as they work, and disinfect any tools or supplies used by more than one person. Any artifacts recovered are also isolated for two weeks before they are washed, analyzed, or otherwise handled.
Staff from the American Bottom Field Station (ABFS) in Collinsville, Illinois, are excavating an 1830s-1860s farmstead in southwestern Illinois. This work is being done in accordance with federal law in advance of IDOT’s construction of an extension for Illinois 158. This site is a particularly intact example of a pre-Civil War German-American farmstead. A map of the site (below) shows the symmetry of the farmstead’s layout.