Preservation Assessment and Purchase of Environmental Monitoring Equipment to Preserve Archaeological Collections
Principal Investigator: Laura Kozuch, Curator, Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Grant Program: Preservation Assistance Grants
"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:
- The Cahokia site, a UNESCO World Heritage site (UNESCO). Dr. Bonnie Styles, Director of the Illinois State Museum, calls Cahokia “one of the most important archaeological sites in North America and the world.” View the complete Cahokia Artifacts Database or the Cahokia Artifacts Image Database.
- The Emerald site.
- The East St. Louis site. ISAS excavated this Cahokia-related site. Important artifacts from this site include stone figurines (Figure 1).
- The Lunsford-Pulcher site.
- The Mitchell site.
- The Hoxie Farm site, a large prehistoric site in Chicago. Stone pipes were found with etched designs (Figure 2).
- The Collins Archaeological District.
- French Colonial sites (early 1700s and 1800s)."