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site updated September 2, 2015 
We've Upgraded Our Corporate Portfolio Interface

PAR has an even better way to browse our past projects. In addition to seeing what we've done by location, visitors can now view selections of our portfolio based on project type including energy, communications towers, commercial and residential development, and more. In addition, visitors may view all archaeological site evaluations and mitigations.

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August 24, 2015
'Places for the Perished'
A Brief History of American Cemetery Design

Prairie Archaeology & Research, in association with Goatee Train Productions, has produced a short video introducing the changing design and planning of American cemeteries over the last 150 years.

Journey with us as we explore early American family plots, urban cemeteries occupying confined, rapidly expanding areas, rural cemeteries with room to grow, to the well-groomed lawn and park cemeteries common today.

Running Time: 6 min 12 sec

July 16, 2015
PAR Contributes Panoramic Illustrations for John Chapman Site Kiosks

Another opportunity presented itself to PAR in its ongoing commitment to bringing archaeology alive to the public. PAR was invited through the DNR by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) to produce visual interpretations of life at the John Chapman site as it existed over 850 years ago.

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.

July 1, 2011
PAR Continues to Serve the Energy and Mining Sector

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.

January 27, 2011
Joseph Craig Appointed to Historical Advisory Council

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.

January 27, 2011
PAR Video Wins Top Honors at SAA Film Fest

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."

April 19, 2010
PAR Produces Video Exploring Archaeology and the 78th Street Site

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.

Running Time: 7 min 30 sec

February 10, 2010
PAR Donates Phase I Survey for School Construction

A letter from the Superintendent:

On behalf of the Ball-Chatham Community School District #5, I would like to thank you for your generous donation of a Phase I archaeological survey. Your contribution of time, talent and professional resource makes it possible for us to complete the study in a cost-efficient manner. The community service you provided demonstrates your organized commitment to grow Chatham.

The district is excited about the construction of its new K-4 elementary school, and is happy to have your participation in this project. We believe the new school will be a valuable addition to our community.

Once again thank you for your generous donation.
December 17, 2009
National Energy Company Picks PAR

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.

September 10, 2008
PAR Instrumental in North Canton Mine Permit

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.

August 30, 2008
New Name, Renewed Focus

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.

September 1, 2007
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