Destruction at an Illinois Field School

Destruction at an Illinois Field School

The following link takes you to a sad story of an archaeology field school in Illinois. Quite a bit of the students’ work was impacted and now they need to pick up the pieces and do what they can.

According to Gregory Vogel, the director of the Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville Archaeology Field School:

Most people do not understand that few Illinois archaeological sites contain artifacts that have any commercial value, Vogel said.

He said that tiny pieces of pottery and bits of food items such as burned hickory shells and animal bones could greatly add to the story of people who lived nearly a thousand years ago, if the excavation is done in a precise manner.

“But there is nothing of commercial value here. You couldn’t sell it,” he said.

Posted June 15, 2011
Topics: Archaeology

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