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Archaeology lecture to examine history of Fort de Chartres site

Margaret Brown, former state archaeologist and former director of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, will present an archaeology lecture at Monmouth College on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall.

Titled “Forts de Chartres: An Archival Detective Story,” the talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by MC’s classics department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).

Fort de Chartres was the governmental, military and commercial center in 18th-century Illinois. The first wooden fort was built in 1721, and a replacement in 1725. It has been thought that these were the only wooden ones – the third one being the current stone structure at the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site.

Brown will discuss the reanalysis of documentary evidence and archaeological testing that suggest a third wooden fort also existed previously.