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'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 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.
July 1, 2011
PAR's Award-Winning Video Explores 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.
PAR's video 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. The video is narrated by Thomas Craig, who was a 7th grade student in Chatham, Illinois at the time of production.
"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."