Internal Mound Structure of Middle Woodland Mounds, Lower Illinois River Valley, Illinois

Resistance tomography of a Middle Woodland Period earthen mound.

Together with colleagues from the Center for American Archeology (CAA), I investigate how changing cultural landscapes can help us to understand the processes of initial settlement and community formation in the Lower Illinois Valley during the Middle Woodland Period (ca. 2200 – 1550 BP). We are reconstructing settlement processes and the emergence of sociopolitical complexity as reflected in inter-site variability in the internal structure of earthworks, mapped using near-surface geophysics. This evidence will be combined with regional ceramic and bioarchaeological data to test models of community formation and development during the Middle Woodland Period. Our first results are published in a special issue of Advances in Archaeological Practice.

Digital representation of one of four dog burials (~8500 BP) found at the Koster Site, Greene County, Illinois. Structure from Motion (SfM) of a cast of the burial prior to excavation.
Learn about the dog burials recovered at Koster at:
Morey, Darcy F., and Michael D. Wiant. 1992. Early Holocene Domestic Dog Burials From the North American Midwest. Current Anthropology 33(2): 224–229
Center for American Archeology, Kampsville, Illinois.