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Martinez to report on College’s Archaeology Research Laboratory

04/23/2018
MONMOUTH, Ill. – The final Archaeology Lecture of the 2017-18 academic year at Monmouth College will feature a report on the College’s Archaeology Research Laboratory.

Visiting Lecturer Jennifer Martinez will present the report at 7:30 p.m. April 26 in the Pattee Auditorium of the College’s Center for Science and Business. It is free and open to the public.

In 2010, the College received an anonymous donation of thousands of prehistoric Native American artifacts, including spear points, pottery sherds, ax heads and arrowheads. The collection represents human activity in western Illinois for the last 12,000 years.

The Monmouth College Archaeology Research Laboratory now houses this collection, which is one of the largest locally available for study. Students have been accessing and cataloging artifacts from this collection under the direction of three different lab directors.

Martinez’s talk will set the collection within the chronological sweep of western Illinois prehistory, provide an overview – complete with videos – of current student lab work and preview future avenues of student collection management including website development, database management and community outreach programs.