VALPARAISO | Dr. Terrance Martin, curator and chair of anthropology at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, will give a rare presentation on the animal remains associated with an Upper Mississippian Occupation at the Collier Lodge Site in South Porter County. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Monday at Valparaiso University's Kallay-Christopher Hall, Room 112.
"Excavations at the Collier Lodge site encountered more than a dozen pit features resulting from seasonal encampments on the edge of the Kankakee Marsh during the late fifteenth century," said Dr. Martin. "Well-preserved animal remains reflect survival practices by Upper Mississippian/Oneota occupations and provide a glimpse at what animal populations were present and exploited in this unique aquatic environment. At that time, Oneota sites north of the Kankakee Marsh in northwestern Indiana appear to have been relatively rare, widely distributed, small in size, and seasonal, perhaps representing long-term movements of small social groups."
The presentation will provide detailed information of the analysis of botanical and faunal remains from the pit features—of a survival system that combined high seasonal mobility with the exploitation of local animal species and apparently limited use of plants. This is a rare opportunity for students and public to view the findings at the Collier Lodge excavation site through the eyes of this renowned faunal expert.
Presentation is open to the public at no cost. KVHS is a nonprofit, dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of the Kankakee Valley Area. For more information and directions to presentation, visit www.kankakeevalleyhistoricalsociety.org.