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WIU's Conrad to speak about western Illinois archaeology

Barry McNamara
Lawrence Conrad, emeritus director of the Archaeology Research Lab at Western Illinois University, will present an archaeology lecture at Monmouth College on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall.

The closing lecture for the “Year of Western Illinois Archaeology,” Conrad’s talk is titled “Current Research in Western Illinois Archaeology with Suggestions for the Future.” Free and open to the public, the talk is sponsored by MC’s classics department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

“Researchers from New York to California are gathering, processing and interpreting data which are allowing them to continue to build and refine the chronology of the Indian past in western Illinois and to flesh out our understanding of the societies which inhabited that past,” explained Conrad.

Drawing upon disciplines from atomic physics to zoology, archaeologists and physical anthropologists continue to tease out the details of past Indian life. Topics currently under investigation include: movements of elephant hunting bands of 13,000 years ago; population growth and settlement patterns; development of agriculture; long-distance trade; and diet, disease, health and war.

“Though much has been learned, we have only scratched the surface,” Conrad concluded. “Future generations may look forward to discoveries that are as important and exciting as those made by their predecessors.”