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Wednesday, May 21, 2003


A construction worker digging a foundation for a garage may have unearthed an ancient Indian burial ground in the Chicago suburbs. The burial site, estimated to be about 1000 years old, contained bones and pottery. Pursuant to the Illinois Human Skeletal Remains Act, all further excavation is halted until anthropologists investigate the situation. (Daily Herald: Scientists dig to unravel mystery.)

The State of Illinois has an online map of Illinois architectural and archaeological resources. This is one of the cooler online maps I've seen yet. gis.hpa.state.il.us/hargis/.

Posted by Marie at May 21, 2003 3:22 PM


When does a burial ground become an archaeological site? I know that in the UK your final resting place isn’t yours to keep forever – you’ll be lucky to keep it more than a hundred years – but I guess you’re not in a position to complain!

Posted by: Richard at May 22, 2003 1:00 PM

I don't know the answer to that question. But, I suspect it has something to do with treaties and guilt

Posted by: Marie at May 22, 2003 11:26 PM