Archaeology in Illinois will be the next topic in the "World of Science" lecture series at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College.
State archaeologist Dr. Thomas Loebel will speak on "Seeing beneath the Ground: Geophysics and Recent Archaeological Explorations and Discoveries in Illinois." His talk takes place Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 per person at the door.
Over the last two decades, geophysical remote sensing technology has become increasingly available to researchers in many disciplines. The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) has now incorporated geophysics into its routine survey methodology, allowing researchers 1) to identify sites that contain intact subsurface deposits without the traditional time and expense associated with expansive excavations and 2) to gather information on the nature and extent of archaeological deposits without needing to disturb the sites. The technology is enabling ISAS to provide its public and private partners with accurate and cost-effective information for best land management practices.
Loebel will discuss case studies where geophysical survey has been used in recent research projects on unique archaeological sites in Illinois, namely in McLean County and at the French Fort de Chartres (1730).
Loebel is the cultural resource coordinator at the Illinois State Archaeological Survey at the University of Illinois, a position he has held for four years. He obtained his MA/PhD from University of Illinois-Chicago where he specialized in the analysis of stone tools and remote sensing. His current research centers on the early peopling of the New World.
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