The result was three large digital paintings and accompanying descriptive text to be used at informational kiosks at the site. PAR's graphic illustrator, Jason Rein, digitally painted village life onto composites of 3D background renderings and point-of-view photographs taken at the site. Joseph Craig, in coordination with Hal Hassen of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, produced the text to describe each scene. The John Chapman site is significant for its evidence of contact between, and merging of, Late Woodland and Mississippian-era cultures. Please visit the JDCF's Wapello Land and Water Reserve web page to learn more about this compelling site.
Prairie Archaeology & Research was selected to provide cultural resource services for Williamson Energy, LLC and Mach Mining, Inc. of Marion, Illinois. As part of the permitting process, PAR will identify and evaluate historic and archaeological resources within the boundaries of a 1069-acre coal mine located near Johnston City, Williamson County, Illinois.
Joseph Craig, principal archaeologist at Prairie Archaeology and Research, was recently appointed to the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council by the director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The council is comprised of 17 members and is responsible for selecting properties nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.
PAR is proud to announce that our seven-and-a-half minute video submission (below) placed in the top three at a film festival jointly sponsored by the Society for American Archaeology and the National Geographic Society.
From over 70 national and international entries, PAR's 78th Street Site video was one of three videos recognized at the annual meeting of the Society For American Archaeology in St. Louis, Missouri on April 16, 2010.
Production of the video is the result of a collaborative effort by Prairie Archaeology & Research principal archaeologist Joseph Craig and graphic artist and videographer Jason Rein and is narrated by 13-year old Thomas Craig, a 7th grade student in Chatham, Illinois.
"Professionally, archaeologists have a vested interested in making the past pertinent to the present," states Joseph Craig, "and using dramatic digital effects and non-traditional media outlets such as YouTube helps capture the public's imagination."
Regarding the recent award, Craig states, "It is humbling to be recognized on a national level and encourages us to continue to look for opportunities to include the 'public' in Public History."
The 78th Street Site is a multi-component archaeological site in the American Bottom. This narrated short video explores the need for archaeology and presents a case study featuring Mississippian and Oneota occupations. Interpretive 3D renderings of the site and pottery vessels help visualize components of life during these times.
A letter from the Superintendent:
Peabody Investments Corporation, one of the nation's largest coal and energy companies, enters into a Master Performance Agreement with Prairie Archaeology & Research to provide archaeological, historical, and cultural resource services. PAR anticipates assisting with the impact to cultural resources associated with operations managed by Black Beauty Coal Company at their Upper Midwest operations during the fall of 2008.
Prairie Archaeology & Research prepared a "Memorandum of Agreement" between the Illinois State Historic Preservation Officer and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of Capitol Resources Corporation. The agreement outlines how adverse impacts to significant archaeological resources associated with Capitol Resource's North Canton Mine in Illinois will be mitigated.
As Environmental Compliance Consultants, Inc., embarks on its second decade, we have decided to focus our business on those services which have propelled us to be the Midwest's leader in archaeological, cultural resource, and historical consulting. To mark this new era, we have changed our name to Prairie Archaeology & Research.