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  • This fascinating point was recovered during archaeological investigations at the Clinton Silt site (11JY398) in Jersey County, Illinois.

    Idiosyncratic point

    Found at the bottom of a deep pit dating to the Late Woodland period (circa 600-800 AD), this point displays surprising characteristics in both form and choice of material. The point is idiosyncratic, meaning it displays an unusual mix of aspects making it difficult to identify and compare with other known point types. 

  • September 2018 Field Notes

  • This bayonet was found during excavation of a structure at Fort Johnson/Cantonment Davis in Warsaw, in the immediate vicinity of a limestone fireplace.

    War of 1812 American socket bayonet

    August’s Artifact of the Month: This bayonet was found during the excavation of a structure at Fort Johnson/Cantonment Davis in Warsaw, in the immediate vicinity of a limestone fireplace. It is a standard United States issue model 1808 bayonet, representing the first regulation of U.S. accouterments of the type that remained in service until 1828.

  • August 2018 Field Notes

  • July 2018 Field Notes

  • a large carved limestone disc

    Carved limestone disc

    During the month of June, field crew from the American Bottom Field Station (ABFS) of ISAS carried out pedestrian surveys in southern Illinois for a proposed interstate reconstruction project. One of the site areas investigated contained numerous Mississippian artifacts including hoe fragments and shell-tempered pottery. 

  • June 2018 Field Notes

  • Agate Basin point (PaleoIndian type) recovered by our Western Illinois Field Station.

    Agate Basin point

    The June 2018 artifact of the month is a beautiful Agate Basin point (Paleoindian type) recovered by our Western Illinois Field Station.

  • March 2018 Field Notes