Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS)
The newest division of the Prairie Research Institute, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), conducts multiple-scale field and laboratory research projects and serves as a major repository and source of scientific archaeological information in the state.
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(Prairie Research Institute, 2017-12-19)
(2016)Bead crafting is time consuming and used lightning whelk and other species of shells brought from the eastern Gulf of Mexico to bead workshops at Cahokia. Tens of thousands of shell beads were made and deposited. Using ...
(Southeastern Archaeology, 2013)Ceramic effigies ofmarine shell cups have long been known from Mississippian sites in Illinois and elsewhere in the Southeast, and have been included in studies of other ceramic effigies, such as animal figures and head ...
(2016-02-19)Shell bead crafting at Cahokia focused on lightning whelk beads. An enormous amount of time was spent crafting beads, indicating full-time bead making specialists.
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL., 2015-03-04)