Kristian Lorenzo, Monmouth College’s ACM-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in classical archaeology, will present the final archaeology lecture of the 2013-14 academic year on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium of the college’s Center for Science and Business.
Titled “The Past, Present and Future of the Monmouth College Archaeology Research Laboratory,” the program is free and open the public. It is sponsored by Monmouth’s classics department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).
In 2010, Monmouth College received an anonymous donation of thousands of prehistoric Native American artifacts, including spear points, pottery shards, axe heads and arrowheads. The collection represents human activity in western Illinois over the last 12,000 years. The Monmouth College Archaeology Research Laboratory now houses this collection, which is one of the largest in the state available for study. Students have been accessing and cataloging its artifacts under the direction of three different lab directors.
Lorenzo’s talk sets the collection within the chronological sweep of western Illinois prehistory, provides an overview – complete with videos – of current student lab work, and previews future avenues of student collection management, including website development, database management and community outreach programs.