The Center for American Archeology is pleased to announce that enrollment is open for all 2020 programs!
Join us at the German site, a Late Woodland / Jersey Bluff (ca 800-1200 CE) habitation site in the Crawford Creek valley. Fieldwork in 2019 revealed several possible structures and associated features. Excavators recovered domestic artifacts, including chert tools, pottery, animal bone, and botanical remains. In 2020 we will continue to locate and excavate house basins and associated features in order to better understand Late Woodland communities in the Lower Illinois Valley.
The Women in Archeology Internship is a ten-week internship for women pursuing a career in archaeology funded by a generous grant from the Monticello College Foundation. Interns work with CAA archaeologists and supervise field and laboratory activities for our field schools. The application deadline is April 5!
Enrollment is open for the 2020 Flintknapping Workshop with Tim Dillard. The workshop is a week-long class on all aspects of stone tool production such as percussion, billet and pressure flaking, tool forms, chert, quarrying strategies, and local geology. Participants go on chert collection trips and learn how to heat-treat their own chert.
Archeology Day is our free open house for all ages. Learn about archaeology, the CAA, and over 10,000 years of Illinois River valley history. There are activities for all ages, including site tours of the our excavation at the German Site.
Despite the ongoing floods, the 2019 Flintknapping Workshop participants enjoyed a great week of learning an ancient craft. Creek walks, heat treating, percussion techniques, pressure flaking, and night time cook outs made for a memorable week of fun and learning.