Published April 11, 2019

Archaeology Annual Report

Alana Newman to give April 23 talk on uses of College’s Archaeology Research Laboratory.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – The final Archaeology Lecture of the 2018-19 academic year at Monmouth College will feature a report on the College’s Archaeology Research Laboratory.

ALANA NEWMAN: College's Archaeology Research Laboratory houses the fifth largest collection o... ALANA NEWMAN: College's Archaeology Research Laboratory houses the fifth largest collection of western Illinois artifacts.Visiting lecturer Alana Newman will present the report at 7:30 p.m. April 23 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 houses the fifth largest collection of western Illinois artifacts and is the only collection to represent both an entire area of Illinois – 1,000 square miles – and all phases of human occupation,” said Newman. “A collection of this size cannot be replicated in the future, so lab students are working hard to study, record and preserve the artifacts for future generations, not only with traditional archaeological methods, but with new technologies, such as drones and virtual reality.”

New to Monmouth’s faculty this year, Newman earned her undergraduate degree in classical civilizations from Ohio University. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, receiving a master’s degree in classical art and archaeology and a doctorate in classics. 

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