Illinois National Register of Historic Places Nominations

This last spring Mark Wagner and Eraina Nossa of the Center for Archaeological Investigations prepared National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations for five prehistoric rock art sites located on state and federal land within Illinois. We are happy to report that all five have been accepted and are now listed on the NRHP.

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In Memoriam: Dr. Fred Coy

Dr. Fred Coy

It is with great regret that we report the passing of the first president of ESRARA, Dr. Fred Coy, on January 10, 2014. Dr. Coy was not a professional archaeologist but rather an orthopedic surgeon with an abiding love of Native American rock art. This passion led him to seek out and […]

International Federation of Rock Art Research Organizations 2013 Meeting

The International Federation of Rock Art Research Organizations (IFRAO) meetings were held this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from May 26-May 31, 2013. ESRARA members who attended included Mark Wagner, Jan Simek, Carol Diaz-Granados, JIm Duncan, and George Sabo. All of the above people as well as Jerry Hilliard and Jannie Loubser gave presentations at […]

National Geographic Society Rock Art Grant

Mark Wagner of the Center for Archaeological Investigations (CAI) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has been awarded an $8,150 National Geographic Society/Waitt Foundation grant for the portable X-ray fluorescent (PXRF) analysis of prehistoric and historic period rock art paintings in southern Illinois. Project participants include Dr. Jan Simek of the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) […]

Shawnee National Forest National Register Nominations

The Center for Archaeological Investigations (CAI) is preparing National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nomination forms for five rock art sites located on the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois as part of an agreement between the USDA Forest Service and the CAI. The six sites for which forms are being prepared include the ca-A.D. […]

British Archaeologists Tour Southern Illinois Rock Art Sites

On June 21, 2012, as part of their tour of prehistoric earthen mound sites in eastern North America, over 20 members of the Prehistoric Society of Great Britain visited two prehistoric rock art sites—Piney Creek Ravine and Millstone Bluff—in southern Illinois. The tour was organized and led by Pete Topping of English Heritage. ESRARA members […]