Brad Koldehoff, cultural resource coordinator for the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, will present an archaeology lecture at Monmouth College on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Room in Poling Hall.
Titled “Illinois’ First Pioneers: The Paleoindian and Archaic Peoples of Illinois,” the talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the MC Classics Department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).
The lecture will focus on the earliest archaeological evidence of human settlements in Illinois. These ancient ancestors of the Native Americans who met Columbus and other early European explorers were the first explorers of North American, and they arrived sometime during the close of the last Ice Age, around 13,000 years ago.
“They hunted large, now-extinct Ice-Age mammals, like mammoth and mastodon,” said Koldehoff. “Then, around 10,000 years ago, after the present-day climate began to develop, they hunted deer, fished, and gathered plant resources, like hickory nuts.”