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Archæology of the Illinois River Valley

Nature volume 158, pages 615616 (02 November 1946) | Download Citation



A REPORT, supper work done under the auspices of the Universiiyof Illinois in 1928, deals with the archaeology Nof a small part of that State (Trans. AmPhil. Soc, 32, Part 1: “Contributions to the Archaeology of the Illinois River Valley”. By Frank C. Baker, James B. Griffin, Richard G. Morgan, Georg K. Neumann and Jay L. B. Taylor. Edited by James B. Griffin and Richard G. Morgan, Pp. iv-v 208 + 68 plates. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1941). Excavations were made in a number of mound-groups, and a village site was reconnoitred. Most of the mounds belong to the comparatively well-known Hopewell mound-building culture, a single mound-group belongs to a later phase, the Middle Mississippi, and the village site and one mound are ascribed to the Woodland-culture pattern, probably later still. The second part of the report is devoted to a study of the fauna associated with the sites, and the third to some skulls from the Woodland-culture mound. The value of the report lies in supplementing our information about the distribution of the cultures found, and is enhanced by a map and classified list of archaeological sites in Illinois at the beginning. It would have been easier to follow had the descriptions of sites been arranged in some intelligible kind of order, segregating those of various cultures. The introduction says that it was impossible to include the maps and diagrams of the sites; the inclusion of at least some of them would undoubtedly have been an advantage.

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