A Shape in Time and Space: The Migration of the Necked Discoid Gravemarker
Brown Bag Program presented by Michael McNerney
Wednesday, March 20, Noon-1:00 pm
Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., Springfield, IL
Free and open to the public
Archaeologist and author Michael McNerney will discuss the results of over 22 years of field surveys and research on the humanoid-shaped, frontier-period folk gravemarker first discovered in Pope County Illinois. The study reveals the story of a uniquely shaped gravemarker brought by the first wave of immigrants to southern Illinois in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His research continued to include 14 states in the southeastern U.S. and 4 foreign countries.
Mike McNerney was the staff archaeologist at the Southern Illinois University Museum and then a consulting archaeologist for an architectural firm before founding the American Resources Group Ltd., a cultural resource management firm based in Carbondale. His talk will be based on his book of the same title that will be for sale after the presentation.
Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. The Collections Center must be accessed from the new gate on Ash Street and approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 ½ Streets. The 10 ½ Street gate is closed. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (217) 558-6696 or (217) 785-0037.