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  Paul Mickey Science Series: Exploring a 14th Century Multicultural Village   

Paul Mickey Science Series: Exploring a 14th Century Multicultural Village

  • Location: ISM Research & Collections Center, Springfield
  • Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Michael Conner, Illinois State Museum at Dickson Mounds

For five years, archaeologists from Dickson Mounds Museum and Michigan State University have conducted excavations at the Morton Village site in Fulton County. The site was a major Native American village that contained as many as 100 houses and other buildings during the 1300s. It was occupied by people of the Oneota cultural tradition, a migrant group that entered the region from the north around A.D. 1300. The goal of the project is to understand the relationship between the Oneota and local people of the Mississippian cultural tradition who had occupied the area for several centuries. Previous work indicated trade links between the two groups, but there is also evidence that the Oneota lived with chronic raiding and warfare. Excavations suggest that people of both groups may have lived together at the site. Despite the threat of violence, the inhabitants were able to procure a wide array of animal and plant foods and construct buildings for public and ceremonial use.

One of our Paul Mickey Science Series

Discover Illinois' rich prehistoric and historic past by attending an ISM Paul Mickey Science Series Program. A different speaker and topic are featured each month. For more information on upcoming topics and speakers, please contact Nina Walthall at (217) 782-0061 or 217-785-0037.

  • Usually held the second Wednesday of Each Month
  • 7:00 to 8:30 PM
  • Held at the ISM Research & Collections Center, 1011 East Ash Street (enter the building from 10 ½ Street between Ash & Laurel Streets), Springfield, Illinois
  • Free Admission 

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