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  • A recently reconstructed La Crosse fabric-marked vessel from the Herb Mangold donation.

    La Crosse fabric-marked bowl from the Herb Mangold donation

  • Stone tools are not definitive but suggestive of generalized Archaic period (probably 3,000 or more years old) – one is a drill or perforating tool and the other may be a reworked knife form.

    Archaic stone tools and Late Woodland ceramics

  • Dalton projectile points

  • shell tool, front and back

    Shell tool

  • bone awl

    Bone awls

  • fragment from a cord-impressed vessel

    Cord-impressed vessel fragment

  • bone needle on dirty palm

    Bone needle

  • Lauren Fitts holds piece from large ceramic vessel

    Ceramic vessel

  • serrated Kirk cluster point

    Western Illinois projectile points

  • Hand-forged iron plowshare

  • 1943 German Reichspfennig

    While investigating an Archaic period site northwest of Macomb, an unexpected artifact was recovered from the plow zone: a 1943 German Reichspfennig (“imperial penny”).

  • Soda and mineral water bottles

    Between 2009 and 2012, ISAS conducted excavations within multiple turn of the 20th century neighborhoods as part of the excavation in East St. Louis and the New Mississippi River Bridge project. One of the more common artifacts found were soda and mineral water bottles embossed with the names of East St. Louis soda water companies.

  • 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. 

  • War of 1812 American socket bayonet

    August’s Artifact of the Month: This bayonet was found during 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 U.S. accoutrements of the type that remained in service until 1828.

  • Carved limestone disc

    July’s Artifact of the Month: During 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. 

  • Agate Basin point

    June’s Artifact of the Month: a beautiful Agate Basin point (PaleoIndian type) recovered by our Western Illinois Field Station.