By Kayeleigh Sharp (SIUC) and Mark Wagner (SIUC) Millstone Bluff is a blufftop Mississippian-era (AD 1250-1500) site in southern Illinois that contains three rock art panels containing religious images that link together to form a cosmogram that expresses the Mississippian villagers' belief in a three-tiered universe (Upper World, This World, and Under World). The eastern panel contains only Upper World images (birds), the western panel contains only Under World images (snakes and … [Read more...] about 3D Photogrammetric Documentation of Eroded Rock Art Panel at the Millstone Bluff Site in Southern Illinois
Mark J. Wagner,ESRARA President Carbondale, Illinois, in deep southern Illinois holds the unique distinction of being the only location in the United States to be situated directly at the crossroads of the routes of the 2017 and 2024 total solar eclipses. Although the 2017 eclipse is now behind us, the 2024 eclipse is upcoming in only five years. Southern Illinois is a rural area with many state parks, campgrounds, and sections of the Shawnee National Forest that can accommodate visitors in … [Read more...] about 2017 and 2024 Total Solar Eclipses in Illinois!!!
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 Mark Wagner (Southern Illinois University) gave them a tour of the Piney Creek site, the largest rock art site in Illinois in terms of the number of images, … [Read more...] about British Archaeologists Tour Southern Illinois Rock Art Sites
Mark J. Wagner and Mary R. McCorvie The Buffalo Rock site is a historic period pictograph site in southern Illinois that contains the states’ only known bison painting as well as several smaller paintings of a crescent moon, star, and cross (Figures 1 and 2). These paintings are believed to have been created between ca. AD 1700-1800 by Native American peoples traveling along the Golconda-Kaskaskia Trace, which is a dirt trail linking the Ohio and Mississippi River whose origins may extend … [Read more...] about 2011 Buffalo Rock (11Js49) Site Conservation
In May, 2011, Mark Wagner (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale) and Heather Carey (Shawnee National Forest) traveled to central Illinois to meet Hal Hassen (Illinois Department of Natural Resource) and Dawn Cobb (Illinois Historic Preservation Agency) to inspect a possible rock art site located on state land near, Pekin, Illinois. The site had been reported by several local men who stated that they had seen engraved designs on a glacial boulder located on a steep hillside. Inspection of … [Read more...] about Possible Historic Period Native American Petroglyph Site Discovered in Central Illinois