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Science Series Features the Archaeology of Dickson Mounds

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Elizabeth Bazan
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Science Series Features the Archaeology of Dickson Mounds
Free program on March 8 at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, IL – “The Archaeology of Dickson Mounds:  Cultural Change and Demographic Variation in the Life of a Late Prehistoric Cemetery” is the featured program this month at the Illinois State Museum’s Paul Mickey Science Series on Wed., March 8 at 7 p.m.

The free program in the auditorium of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield will be presented by Dr. Alan Harn, Curator Emeritus of the Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds.

In 1927, Dr. Don F. Dickson, a chiropractor, began the scientific excavation of an American Indian mound in his father's backyard that would forever change the complexion of American archaeology. 

In the 1960s, construction of a new museum at Dickson Mounds near Lewistown in Fulton Co. required excavation in 10 additional burial mounds at the site, resulting in the discovery of 823 more burials.  Archaeologists determined that in addition to Mississippian period burials, local groups of Mossville and Sepo phase Late Woodland people were also burying their dead alongside the Mississippians, sometimes sharing the same grave with them.

Those attending Dr. Harn’s presentation on March 8 will be invited to step back in time to witness many of the dramatic changes that took place as these cultures met, exchanged ideas, and eventually blended together. Attendees should be aware that the program will contain images of human remains.

“The Archaeology of Dickson Mounds:  Cultural Change and Demographic Variation in the Life of a Late Prehistoric Cemetery” is part of the Illinois State Museum’s Paul Mickey Science Series, which takes place on the second Wednesday of each month in the auditorium at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.  A different speaker and topic will be featured each month. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or phone 217-782-0061.

The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 South Spring St. in Springfield. 
 
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