The 2017 and 2018 Archaeological Investigations at Robert Allerton Park
September 6 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
How long have humans been living along the Sangamon River? What do we know about the people that called Allerton Park home long before Robert created his estate? Meet us in the Allerton Mansion Library, where Dr. Jacob Skousen will answer these questions and more! Light refreshments will also be served. This event is FREE and open to the public, but please consider visiting Eventbrite to reserve your seat.
We know little about the pre-Columbian history of the Sangamon River valley in central Illinois. However, recent archaeological investigations at Robert Allerton Park and Retreat Center as part of a long-term collaborative project between the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and Parkland College have revealed that Native Americans have lived in or visited the valley for millennia. This talk describes the 2017 and 2018 investigations at the park and what we have learned about Late Woodland (~400-1000 A.D.) groups that lived there. While there is still much to learn, we hope that future work will shed more light on these Late Woodland groups as well as identify, interpret, and preserve other archaeological sites within the park.