Straight from the CAA archives, we bring you our monthly Early Man feature. This March, we are featuring the final issue of 1974.

Since it was the concluding issue for the year, this newsletter holds a lot of information. The majority of the content is devoted to an overview of the 1974 Koster field season. The most impressive section is the large centerfold that depicts the problem of excavating into and below the water table. With the help of the Illinois State Geological Survey, six wells were drilled at Koster to draw up water from the ground and convey it into the adjacent creek. While this helped to lower the water table some, it was not low enough to explore sub-Horizon 11 strata. Be sure to read the article and examine the wonderfully detailed diagram for more information. Look closely, and you may just see a familiar face or two immortalized as cartoons!

Other features include:

  • details of the first ever fall field school, which served to lengthen the overall Koster field season
  • plans for the 1975 field season
  • a recap of the March 1974 excavations of the old Alton Prison
  • test excavations at the Crane site by Ken Farnsworth and students
  • announcement for a winter adult education course at Northwestern University entitled “New Directions in Archeology”
  • details of a $16,000 grant to the FIA (CAA) from the Chicago Community Trust
  • the Kampsville Archeological Library and purchase of the Taylor Collection
  • Jr. High and High School Field Schools declared a success
December 1974

December 1974


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