Preservation Assessment and Purchase of Environmental Monitoring Equipment to Preserve Archaeological Collections

East St. Louis site, stone effigy of woman presenting lightning whelk shell cup

Figure 1. East St. Louis site, stone effigy of woman presenting lightning whelk shell cup

Hoxie site, stone pipe

Figure 2. Hoxie site, stone pipe

Cahokia site, ceramic effigy of human foot

Cahokia site, ceramic effigy of human foot

Trotier Site French colonial ceramics

Troiter site French colonial ceramics

Principal Investigator: Laura Kozuch, Curator, Illinois State Archaeological Survey

Grant Program: Preservation Assistance Grants

Years: 20122013

"I received a $6,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 2012 for an assessment of Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) collection needs. The grant funded four climate monitors that help staff assess temperature and humidity in storage areas. It also funded Bronwyn Eves to tour ISAS facilities. Dr. Kozuch and conservator Eves formed recommendations for ISAS collections. A dedicated facility needs to be created to care for the amazing ISAS collections.

"Here are the ISAS collection highlights from Illinois that are either on the National Register of Historic Places or are eligible:

Laura Kozuch

The Past Five Years