Email Us | (217) 544-4881 | P. O. Box 5603 Springfield, IL 62705 | ​562 Highland Ave. Springfield, IL 62704
Leading in Cultural Resource Management Planning, Consulting, Interpretation, and Public Outreach
About PAR
For over two decades, Prairie Archaeology & Research has been one of the most respected full-service cultural resource management teams in the Midwest. We approach each project with a full appreciation for the client's objectives, schedule, and budget.

All of PAR's investigations are carried out in full compliance with the following:

  • National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (Public Law 89-665)
  • National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (Public law 91-910)
  • Executive Order 11593 and
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's Procedures for the Protection of Historic and Cultural Properties (36 CFR 800)

PAR is also a producer of public outreach presentations (as seen below).

Drone-Assisted Site & Feature Mapping
Utilizing Aerial Photography to Supplement or Replace Traditional Mapping Methods.
The time is now to modernize the archaeological mapping methods of the past. Utilizing total station site datum points, aerial photography, and mapping software specially engineered for the task, the days of drawing feature plan maps on graph paper are over.
Visualizing Prehistoric Life
featuring The John Chapman Site (11Jd12) in Jo Daviess County, Illinois
In 2011, PAR produced visual interpretations of life at the John Chapman site as it existed over 850 years ago. Combining 3D imagery and point-of-view photographs taken at the site, three large-format digital paintings were realized. Explore the inspiration behind our interpretations of prehistoric people and their way of life.
Hollywood vs Actual Archaeology
Common misconceptions in a nutshell
Adapted from a presentation given by PAR at a PechaKucha event in early 2015, this 20-slide presentation should clear up some common misconceptions about what archaeology is and what it isn't.
Why Archaeology?
featuring The 78th Street Site (11S821) in St. Clair County, Illinois
Our award-winning 7.5 minute video explains what we do, why we do it, and a case study featuring the 78th Street Site in Southern Illinois.
Places for the Perished
featuring The Greenwood Cemetery in Decatur, Illinois
Journey with us as we explore the evolution of American cemeteries from the early 1800s to present in 6 minutes.
The 78th Street Site
Site 11S821 in St. Clair County, IL
A multi-component habitation at the location of the Dr. Katie Harper Wright elementary school.
The Lange Site
Site 11Ms1049 in Madison County, IL
An Early Mississippian upland civic and ceremonial center in southwestern Illinois.
The Cowmire Creek Site
Site 23Sl1056 in St. Louis County, MO
A Havana-tradition Middle Woodland period habitation site.
The Highlands Site
Site 11Gr100 in Grundy County, IL
A historic Native American short-duration occupation on the Des Plaines River.
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