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News from ISAS

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey protects, preserves, and interprets irreplaceable and non-renewable cultural resources within the context of Illinois’ need to encourage and promote sustainable development. ISAS is a division of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI).

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  • Mera Hertel, 2024 Distinguished Support Staff Award recipient

    Recognized for her exceptional contributions, Mera Hertel, a cornerstone of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), has been honored with the prestigious Prairie Research Institute’s 2024 Distinguished Support Staff Award.

  • Illinois' first submerged cultural resource: the Solon Johnson wreck of 1887

  • Heavenly history and the moon

  • ISAS to lead “Field to Lab” summer program

  • ISAS awarded grant for "Homelands and Harvests" project

  • Dr. Joseph Galloy (IL Dept. of Transportation), Robert White III (Historical Society of Brooklyn, IL), and Miranda Yancey (Illinois State Museum)

  • Marvin Defoe (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) and Dr. Heather Walder (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)

  • Dr. Brooke Morgan (Illinois State Museum) and Logan Pappenfort (Dickson Mounds Museum)

  • Remembering Andrew Fortier

    Dr. Andrew C. Fortier, a stalwart figure in the Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) and the broader Midwest archaeological community, departed on November 6, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of profound contributions and fond memories.

  • Remembering James “Jimmy” Burns

    It is with profound sadness that we share the news that James “Jimmy” Burns passed away on November 7, 2023. Jimmy was a consummate field archaeologist who worked extensively across the Midwest, Far West, and Southeast over a 40-year career in both cultural resource management and academic settings. Above all, Jimmy was the best friend a person could be and he will be missed forever across ISAS, PRI, and beyond.