Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a tour of ancient earthworks, as part of the Nature Track series, on Saturday, May 24, 2014. The most obvious evidence of the prehistoric past of the area is manifest by earthworks built for a variety of purposes.
We will visit several earthworks located in the Lewistown-Havana area and discuss what we know about them. There is a great variety in the function and design of mounds. Some served as cemeteries with little internal organization, others as cemeteries with a substantial investment in the construction to log-wall tombs. The other major category of mounds is referred to as platform mounds, and as the name suggests, they were used to elevate buildings above surrounding neighborhoods.
Participants will receive a field guide for the trip and must provide their own transportation. Meet at the Museum promptly at 9:00 am. The program is free and registration is not required. Participants should dress appropriately for the outdoors and bring a sack lunch and drinks. The tour should conclude by 2:00 p.m.
The Illinois State Museum - Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For more information call 309.547.3721 or TTY 217.782.9175 or visit the www.ExperienceDicksonMounds.com. Also check out weekly updates on Facebook at “Illinois State Museum – Dickson Mounds”.